A fall from grace

One morning last week we received a call from the operations manager of a building in London informing us that a Peregrine Falcon had become trapped on their rooftop. Fortunately we still had gloves and a box on standby from last season, so after a few phone calls and a short tube journey later we had someone on site to help rescue the bird.

Preparing the nesting tray
In a tight spot

The Peregrine, an adult male, had blood on its right shoulder and on one side of its head. Birds of prey need to be in top condition to survive in the wild, so we decided it would need to be checked by a vet before being released. The RSPCA were informed of the situation and we liaised with them to find a local vet. In the meantime the bird was transported to Regent’s Park, where it remained in the care of our experienced Schedule 1 license holder, wildlife officer Dave Johnson.

Close-up of the nesting tray
The Peregrine prior to being caught for release © Tony Duckett

The RSPCA found a vet and the bird was taken in for a thorough assessment. It was deemed fit for release and returned to Dave Johnson, who took it to a suitable location before releasing it.

We sincerely thank Madeleine, for reporting the bird to us and her assistance in its rescue, and the Royal Veterinary College, London.

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