A FEN End man has been reunited with his pet hawk thanks to the efforts of one plucky neighbour.
Last week, the Solihull News published an appeal by Barrie Flowers - who lost the bird-of-prey on December 28.
The harris hawk, called Jess, had taken fright during an afternoon flight and was no where to be seen the next morning.
After we printed the story, Barrie was inundated with calls from people who thought they’d spotted the raptor. But as it turned out, the bird was only a quarter-of-a-mile away - making its home in one woman’s back garden.
“She’d seen this bird and got in touch with a falconer from Hatton,” explained Barrie.
“He’d come out and tried to catch it, but not had any luck. But this woman had watched what he was doing and after he’d gone she decided to have a go herself.”
Pulling on an oven glove and getting a piece of chicken, she went and stood in the garden - hoping to tempt the bird down.
“She could see this feathered dot coming closer and closer and I think she realised what she’d done.
“Unfortunately the oven glove was on the right hand and birds are trained to fly to the left. It flew at her uncovered hand, but luckily it didn’t injury her.”
When the bird landed, the woman managed to get it into her stable and called the falconer again. When he arrived, he found the tag with Barrie’s number on it and gave the owner a call.
“I just think it’s remarkable what she managed to do and I want to thank everyone who called me as well. It’s nice to know how many people are willing to help.”