Bird of prey released back into the wild

A female kestrel which was found by a local man in Kilronan was released back in to the wild last Thursday after it spent three weeks in a County Sligo animal sanctuary.

A female kestrel which was found by a local man in Kilronan was released back in to the wild last Thursday after it spent three weeks in a County Sligo animal sanctuary.

By David Goulden

The kestrel, which is was found in the area by local man Arlo Liddy, had a bacterial infection and was severely undernourished and dehydrated when she was found on Thursday, December 15th.

Kestrels are easily spotted on the Irish skyline by their typical hunting behaviour. Their plumage is usually a light chestnut brown with black spots. They hunt at a height of approximately 30 to 60 feet over open country as they search for prey, usually larger insects on forest floors and small wild animals.

Arlo was on his way to college on the morning of the 15th when he rescued the wild bird on the Kilronan to Keadue road. “I drove by the bird and there was no movement, so I stopped and approached it. There was no movement so I knew there was some sort of problem.” Arlo then picked up the bird and placed him on his passenger seat before bringing the bird to Lothar Muschketat, the Managing Director at the Eagles Flying Animal Sanctuary in Ballymote, County Sligo.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.