Tyne & Wear

Soft toy lure for South Tyneside sports hall sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk Image copyright South Tyneside Council
Image caption The sparrowhawk roosted among the pipes and beams of the ceiling space

Soft toys, paper and a hawk were used in a bid to lure a bird of prey which had taken up temporary residence in a South Tyneside sports hall.

The young sparrowhawk - nicknamed Jack - had spent three days among pipes and beams of the ceiling Monkton Stadium.

Staff dragged soft toys along the floor to imitate live prey, then brought in a Harris hawk to frighten it outside.

Eventually paper was hung from the ceiling which encouraged it to fly lower down, and it was caught in a net.

The bird then flew off into nearby woodland unharmed.

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