Birds of prey rescued in Lothians

The rescued long-eared owl. Pic: comp

The rescued long-eared owl. Pic: comp

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Two birds of prey are recovering with the Scottish SPCA after being found injured within minutes of each other.

On Monday morning at around 7.45am a sparrow hawk was found trapped on the roof of Portobello High School on Duddingston Road.

Rescued sparrow hawk. Pic: comp

Rescued sparrow hawk. Pic: comp

Animal rescue officer Stephanie Grant said: “The sparrow hawk had managed to get itself caught behind netting which is designed to deter pigeons from landing on the roof.

“It had a sore beak, possibly from bashing off the walls while trying to escape, and it also had quite a large lump on its wing. Our vet believes this is an old injury the hawk might have received from another bird, which has then become infected.”

Just a few minutes after the hawk was discovereed, a long-eared owl was found lying in a field in West Linton.

Ms Grant, who collected both the birds and took them to the Scottish SPCA’s Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross near Alloa where they are now being rehabilitated back to health, said: “The long-eared owl was found grounded beside a fence and he has a shoulder injury which should heal with a few weeks’ cage rest.

“We are hopeful both birds will make a full recovery after some recuperation and rehabilitation. We’d love to return these stunning creatures back to the wild, where they belong.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.