Urgent appeal to help find falcon missing in Shropshire

A Shropshire man is appealing for urgent information leading to the safe return of a large falcon that has been missing since Saturday.

The missing gyrfalcon
The missing gyrfalcon

Tony Leach is a keen falconer who has been looking after birds for about 40 years, and was flying the gyrfalcon in Tasley just outside Bridgnorth on Saturday when it escaped.

Tony said: "He decided he wasn't playing, which they sometimes do, and went off the in other direction, downwind, over the river.

"The next sighting we had of him was in Muxton a couple of days later. If anyone sees him please contact me on my mobile, or email my wife Jennie, as soon as they possibly can."

The gyrfalcon is young, having hatched in April of this year, described as being around the size of a seagull, having pale, almost white plumage on his breast, with sandy coloured feathers on his back and wings. He still has leather straps attached to his legs, and a bell around his neck.

"He had a radio transmitter on too, but that seems to have failed, so we are relying on people helping us out to get him back," Tony said.

If you have any information or sightings of the bird, please contact Tony or Jennie on 07867 331349 or jennieleach@me.com

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