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Weston owl and wildlife centre is feeding kestrel left stranded by Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis left a female kestrel stranded beside a road and unable to hunt for more than 12 hours at the weekend.

A passer-by spotted the kestrel two or three times before realising the bird had stayed in the same spot too long and was in trouble.

The passer-by took the kestrel to a vet’s, where she was checked over and found to be injury-free.

Owl centre manager Mark Birdsall with the kestrel taken in after the storms
Owl centre manager Mark Birdsall with the kestrel taken in after the storms

The bird was taken in by Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre at Weston.

Boss Mark Birdsall stressed Baytree is not a rescue centre - and doesn’t have facilities to treat injured birds - but it could help in this case because the kestrel only needed a good feed.

“She was just under 6 ounces when she came in,” said Mark. “She wants to be a good 8 or 9 ounces before she is released.”

Getting better after a few square meals ...
Getting better after a few square meals ...

He described the bird as “very thin and a bit wobbly on her feet”, but a day in the warm and a few meals saw her perk up.

“A lot of birds have really struggled between the two storms,” said Mark. “It’s lucky this little bird was sitting in a spot beside a road where she could be seen.”

He is now be keeping an eye on the weather before picking the best time to release the feathered guest.

The owl centre is busy repairing damage caused by storms Ciara and Dennis.

Mark said: “We have lost all of the fencing down one side of the flying arena, and a couple of aviaries got damaged.”

In the mayhem, a screech owl disappeared for a little while but popped up again.

Mark said: “Really randomly we found the owl sitting on one of the planters so all of the birds are accounted for again.”

He said two years ago the centre lost all of the covering from its polytunnel but luckily it has survived this time around.

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