Submitted by Steve on 14:54, 5th Aug, 2014 | 0

Today the GSPCA released Muriel the kestrel back to where she was found.

Muriel was rescued after being found in the middle of the road at L'Ancresse common unable to fly just over two weeks ago.

She was very thin and weak on entry and she spent the start of her stay in an intensive care unit.

She quickly gained weight and strength and for the last week has been in one of the Shelters soft release aviaries.

Yesterday she was rung and declared fit for release, so today Jo Streeting one of the GSPCA Volunteers with GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne caught Muriel the kestrel and transported her to L'Ancresse for her release.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Sadly we see many sick and injured birds of prey at the GSPCA that are too weak to save, but Muriel is one of the lucky ones and it was wonderful to release her back where she was found."

"Jo Steering one of our fantastic GSPCA Volunteers had the privilege of releasing her today at L'Ancresse as he saw her arrive at the Shelter, helped care for her and he certainly enjoyed seeing her flying free."

Jo Steering GSPCA Volunteer said "It was fantastic seeing her being released."

"I've helped with many of the animals at the Shelter and I really enjoy caring for the sea birds and seals."

"I'd like to be a vet, but I will have to work really hard with my A levels if I'm going to get the grades I need."

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Muriel the kestrel at the GSPCA in Guernsey  Muriel the kestrel at the GSPCA  Jo Steering GSPCA Volunteer Muriel the kestrel release L'Ancresse Guernsey

The kestrel has pointed wings and long tail, often seen hovering beside a roadside verge. the numbers of kestrels declined in the 1970s, probably due to changes in farming and so it is they are included on the Amber List. They have adapted readily to man-made environments and can survive right in the centre of cities. They feed on small mammals and there are an estimated 46,000 pairs in the UK. Their Latin name is Falco tinnunculus and they are from the family Falcons and allies (Falconidae).

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