A BIRD of prey is winging its way across the Colne Valley.
An eagle-eyed Examiner reader spotted the bird, which she identified as a Harris Hawk, while walking along the canal towpath between Slaithwaite and Marsden at about 4pm on Sunday.
Now she hopes other readers can help to reunite it with its owner.
“It is obviously tame because it had quite a length of tether on its leg,” said the woman.
“But I am worried that it could get tangled up in a tree or wires.”
The woman and her husband rang a birds’ protection group in Halifax after sighting the Harris Hawk and was advised to try to tempt it with some meat.
“We got some stout gloves and some meat, but when we got back someone else said the bird had captured a stoat, so it can obviously fend for itself.”
The Harris Hawk is native to the southern USA, central America and much of South America.
In the wild, it preys on small rodents such as rats and mice as well as lizards and small birds.
The Harris Hawk will live up to 12 years in the wild and for twice as long in captivity.