Juvenile rescued after falling down chimney
One of this year’s young Bath peregrines had a lucky escape after falling into a chimney, disappearing from her usual haunts around St John’s Church.
The youngster eventually managed to make her way down the chimney. Luckily she landed in the hearth of Bath nature conservation enthusiast Gillian Barrett who easily identified the bird and realised she was from the brood recently fledged from the Hawk and Owl Trust’s nest platform on the church.
“I received a call from Gillian Barrett to say that a peregrine had come down the chimney and was in her dormer room,”
says Mike Rogers, of the Trust’s Bath members’ group, and the charity’s national treasurer. He set off to the rescue straight away.
The bird is known as CV from the unique identifier on the coloured ring attached harmlessly to her leg by licensed researchers when she was a nestling.
“CV was perched on the table, quite relaxed if a little dusty, with some bent tail feathers.
“I took her back to the church and released her. She flew away quite strongly at first but then came back down to the pavement.” The bird obviously was not fit enough for an immediate return to the wild, so he took her in for rehabilitation outside the city.
“Over the next four days she built up her strength so I took her back to Bath to release her from a bedroom window in Pratts Hotel. She flew away strongly this time, past the church and then disappeared. After what seemed an age she returned and roosted on the church tower for the night.”
CV is once again regularly active around the church, and her two brothers, CT and CX, no longer have to themselves the food still brought in by their hard-working parents.
All three of the brood have identification rings starting with ‘C’ so that in future researchers can tell the year in which they hatched, and therefore know the birds’ ages, simply by looking through a telescope.