Peregrine Flies Again
A young peregrine falcon, which was found shot last summer, is making a speedy recovery and is on course to be released back into the wild later this year. The bird of prey was discovered in a field in Long Melford, Suffolk, with lead shot injuries to her torso, a wing and a talon. The falcon was taken to the Raptor Foundation at Woodhurst near St Ives Cambridgeshire who took the downed bird under their wing. Her own wings are healing well and she is already able to fly outdoors on a line. The bird’s chest muscles have built up but the old damaged feathers still need to be shed and new ones grow back, a process known as moulting. The new feathers should grow back within six weeks. At that point she will be allowed to fly without a line and so it will be up to the bird to decide when she is ready to go back into the wild. Free as a bird.