Ilfracombe hawk captured - but is it the only one?

Culprit responsible for ‘dive-bombing’ residents reunited with its owner, but sightings persist.

A stray harris hawk dive bombing residents in Ilfracombe has been recaptured but sightings of a second bird have been reported.

There has been considerable interest following our story last week about the South American harris hawk stooping on to people in Church Road and even drawing blood from the head of a local carpenter.

The male bird was captured by Landkey falconer Chris Squance and reunited with its owner, who is from the Barnstaple area but did not wish to be named.

Despite this, several people have told the Gazette they have seen anther harris hawk since its capture, but Mr Squance believes it is highly unlikely.

“If there were two they would be flying around together as they are social birds and hunt together,” he said.

“I can’t say there’s not another one, but I think it extremely unlikely.”

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The Gazette has also been contacted by several people whose harris hawks have been lost or stolen.

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