More hawk sightings reported today

Is a second hawk on the loose in Ilfracombe?

DESPITE reports that a harris hawk spotted in Ilfracombe had been recaptured at the weekend, the North Devon Gazette has received two calls this morning to say a bird was still at large.

We revealed yesterday (Wednesday) how a hawk had been terrorising residents and workmen in Church Road by swooping down on to them and drawing blood on a couple of occasions.

This morning, Ilfrcaombe resident Geoff Whitmore called to tell us a similar looking hawk was in his back garden as he spoke.

A falconer also called and said he understood a bird had been spotted early this morning too.

Yesterday, Mark St James sent us more pictures of an errant hawk, shown here.

A resident confirmed that a South American harris hawk had been recaptured on Saturday by falconer Chris Squance.

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Is there another harris hawk out there and have you seen it? Email tony.gussin@archant.co.uk or call 01271 345056.

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The RSPCA has also alerted the Gazette that a male harris hawk, called Jack, was lost in Winkleigh on March 14, while being flown.

The animal charity is appealing for information in a bid to help reunite the owner with the bird, described as dark brown bird, with amber on its wings and white tail tips. The hawk is slightly smaller than a buzzard and has yellow legs and feet.

He was wearing leather jesses around his legs and had a bell on his tail and it is possible that he may have become entangled in a tree by his leatherwork.

Local residents are being asked to keep an eye out for him and look at tress if they are out walking in the area and also listen out for the sound of his bell.

Anyone who sights him is asked to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999 and leave an urgent message for inspector Suzy Hannaby.

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