Gallery: Magical merlin is now on the mend
- Credit: Andrew Partridge
THE team at a wildlife rescue centre are helping an unusual bird of prey recover after it suffered a wing injury
The feisty little merlin – one of the smallest birds of prey – was found in St Osyth and taken to the Wildlives animal rescue centre in Thorrington.
Merlins are found across northern Europe and fly south for the winter, but a small number tend to spend time in Essex at this time of year.
Rosie Catford, of the Wildlives centre, said: “It’s a female who has probably come down from Scotland or northern Europe.
“She was found collapsed in St Osyth on Friday with an infected wing injury.
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“She’s got to be kept here for about four weeks for the bone to heal and the infection to clear.”
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