Appeal to trace missing Harris’s Hawk Jess

Jess the Harris Hawk which went missing in the Brogden Lane area of Barnoldswick on New Year's Eve. (S)
Jess the Harris Hawk which went missing in the Brogden Lane area of Barnoldswick on New Year's Eve. (S)

A Barnoldswick man is appealing for help to find his Harris’s Hawk which went missing on New Year’s Eve.

Sean Watson was out with his beloved pet Jess in Brogden Lane close to Stocks Lane near Barnoldswick when she flew off at approximately 3pm.

Jess has a distinctive blue ring on her leg and a bell on her tail and although there have been a few possible sightings, she has not been reunited with her worried owner.

Sean said: “I was out hunting with her and I think she’s probably gone after a pheasant.

“She’s possibly missed it but carried on chasing it which has led her to get out of my sight and by the time I got there I couldn’t find her.

“The Harris’s Hawk is not native to the UK so you don’t see them about but people can mistake them for a buzzard as they are similar.

“Jess has a bell on her tail though so if she flies nearby to you, you would definitely hear the bell.

“There have been a couple of potential sightings but they have been over Skipton way on New Year’s Day, including one of a bird of prey with a rabbit in the road, which is typical of a buzzard.

“I wouldn’t think she will have gone that far. I think she will still be in the area because there is plenty of food for her.

“I am concerned but I know stories where birds have been reunited six months later.”

If you find Jess, call Sean on 07591 801151 or Google the Independent Bird Register where she is registered and let them know.