Pet owners in Telford warned to be on alert

Pet owners in Telford warned to be on alert

A Telford resident had the shock of his life when a bird of prey swooped down into his garden where Abby, the four month old kitten was playing.

David Hurdley from Wellington spotted the bird this afternoon when his family were enjoying the sunshine.

"People need to be made aware of the dangers to small cats & kittens"

Red Kites, Buzzards and Sparrowhawks have all been spotted this year over the skies of Telford.

Can anyone identify the bird in David's photo?


49 thoughts on “Pet owners in Telford warned to be on alert

  • April 22, 2020 at 8:16 pm
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    Jeannie-Ellen Munford

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:18 pm
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    Looking through my kitchen window about two weeks ago there was a sparrowhawk devouring a pidgeon on the footpath and it didn’t move until there was only feathers left that’s the second one I’ve seen ,that was when we had a bad winter a few years ago that time it was eating a wagtail .I did take a photo but it wasn’t very clear and that was on Westbourne.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm
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    It’s very unusual for a bird of prey to take an animal from a garden more scaremongering. Birds of prey don’t like populated areas.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:23 pm
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    Alan Morris Jean Morris

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    • April 23, 2020 at 7:45 am
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      It swooped down, but I assume didn’t actually attack the kitten otherwise you would have said. It would be unusual for it to have attacked such a large kitten, please don’t scaremonger. Birds of prey have enough people persecuting them already without encouraging Telford residents to dislike them!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:27 pm
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    Vernon Hester red kites in Telford

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm
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    It’s a buzzard

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm
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    Definitely a Buzzard. We had a Sparrow Hawk snatch a female blackbird out of our garden a few days ago

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:33 pm
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    Yes we’re in madeley and The buzzards are very busy in this area

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm
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    Its a semi rural area in some parts..its unavoidable and hardly preventable…we get weasels, pheasants, foxes etc..this bird nearly broke our kitchen window catching a dove..we live near bowring Park

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:37 pm
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    Amazingly the dove survived as the bigger bird was scared off…you can see its feet underneath

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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    Kites DON’T kill live prey they only eat carrion, that’s a buzzard, very unlikely it would take a kitten! No kitten or puppy should be in the garden under 5 or 6 months

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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    Watch for infants too

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    • April 23, 2020 at 9:01 am
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      Don’t be ridiculous – a buzzard isn’t going to attack a child !

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    • April 23, 2020 at 9:47 am
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      Absolutely agree with every word. The problem is that a lot of people will read the article and take it on board, without doing any research. This kind of article is exactly what can cause unwarranted panic and hatred of raptors. I hope people use common sense and realise that the article is pure scaremongering. Buzzards are great for the environment and clean up carrion. That’s why it’s not often we see dead birds and small mammals, of which there are hundreds each day, lying around.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:46 pm
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    We live near The Wrekin so see lots of birds of prey. Sadly they have been known to take the newborn lambs, and caught one taking our hen. Have seen many near Wellington

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    • April 24, 2020 at 11:39 am
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      Not buzzards,hooded cross will attack new born lambs,buzzards eat carrion.. Pleasant leave poisoned carcasses out to kill.them, that’s mean up after us, roadkill etc.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    Yes. Large bastard.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    Caroline Ford Kayleigh Green Erica Ford

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    Karen Reynolds it wouldn’t stand a chance up against Tilly

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    Lauren Dionne watch bessie

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:57 pm
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    Did it kill the kitten?

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm
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    Sparrow hawks and buzzards are always in suttonhill area, see them all the time, sparrow hawks used to come into my garden most days when I had my aviary used to try and grab my birds through the netting.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm
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    Matthew Bubbs Breese!!!!!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm
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    Maxine Sherwood Tammie Duddell!!!!!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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    Luke Rutter

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm
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    Colin the kitten killer….. don’t mess with him!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:14 pm
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    Always remember when Lulu was a puppy and playing in the garden seeing a huge buzzard circling over , getting lower and lower ready to swoop – I just picked her up and took her inside.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:19 pm
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    Just re read the article, so the bird didn’t actually do anything?

    It just swooped into someone’s garden, probably saw the cat and got spooked and flew away. Yet the buzzard is the bad guy?

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm
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    I didn’t think that red kites took live prey?

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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    Watching over my dog now x

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm
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    What a stupid article. Just trying to scare people over nothing and give wildlife a bad name.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:25 pm
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    Buzzards will take live prey but very unlikely a kitten and especially unlikely in an enclosed garden. Assuming it did….perhaps that’s the risk you take. After all people let their cats out to kill poor innocent birds everyday and thats just to satisfy it’s instinct. At least the bird of prey would be killing for food. This is very much a non story

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm
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    I had a fancy pigeon that kept coming into my garden causing a lot of damage. I was not sorry when a sparrowhawk took it out. Wish it would come back for the wild ones.

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    • April 24, 2020 at 8:18 am
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      Damage It’s a pigeon not a terrorist .

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm
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    Billy is up to no good, Audrey Whyle!!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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    Jen I don’t think I need to worry about milo now lol x

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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    Common buzzard, unlikely to take the kitten, mostly carrion eaters

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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    Steph Hotchkiss thought of your little kitten when saw this xx

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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    Is this a serious post?

    Let’s get some facts out there.

    Buzzards and Red Kites in the main take carrion, as about 80% of their diet. A kitten wouldn’t even register with them as food.

    A sparrowhawk rarely takes ground game, probably less than 10% of their diet is ground game.

    Of this post leads to the sudden increase in injured or killed raptors in the Telford area, then you are wholly complicit.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm
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    Lyndsey, just so your aware. x

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  • April 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm
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    3 red kites were shot last week just over the border near newtown Powys Red kites, dont eat kittens, puppys, dogs, lambs, babies or teenagers, but stories like this make birds of pray as man/pet eating monsters, what along with the likes of the daily mail running stories about foxes in london, burgling house to to babies, thats how low it stooped.

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