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Old 19-04-2017, 04:38 PM
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This little Kestrel was brought to me unable to fly but without obvious injury . I kept him for three days during which he perked up , fed and was released successfully . He had a BTO ring so I was interested to hear some of his history - he had hatched about 80 miles away . I must admit to being surprised to discover that he was only 10 months old - I had guessed him to be older .
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:16 AM
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Well done mate
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:34 PM
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Nice one and great of the BTO for getting back to you with his background.

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Old 10-06-2017, 02:52 PM
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If he was unable to fly when brought to you, how did you confirm his ability to fly and successfully hunt for himself prior to release?
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:48 PM
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Sorry Rene - just spent ages writing an incredibly detailed explanation with which I was pretty pleased - only to be told that it had "timed out" , so lost the lot ! Anyway , more briefly . Circumstantial evidence suggested he may have been suffering the effects of pesticide poisoning . My guess being via a vole contaminated during topical weed killer use in the area , which I had noticed a couple of days previously . He was brought to me after examination by a Vet .During his period in custody he ate some mice , and when he brightened right up and became impatient with his confinement, I observed how he moved when loosed in a Farm shed - which seemed perfect . I was delighted when he zoomed towards the horizon on home ground .
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:38 PM
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I found a dead Buzzard a few years ago that had a bto ring..

Turned out to be three years old and I found it only 12 km from the nest it was rung from which I thought was quite a suprise
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