Peregrine falcons eggs hatched in police custody after smuggling swoop Birmingham airport.

A man tried to smuggle the peregrine falcon eggs out of Birmingham International Airport. Photo: @WMPolice

A cast of 11 rare peregrine falcons are to be returned to the wild after police managed to stop a man smuggling their eggs out of the country via Birmingham International airport.

Officers from West Midlands Police kept the eggs warm on a computer terminal at Birmingham International Airport until a police wildlife rescue unit arrived.

 

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No two days are ever the same at the airport. One day seizing large amounts of cash – the next, these little cuties! – WEST MIDLANDS POLICE

Eleven of the 14 eggs recovered by officers from the force’s Counter-Terrorism Unit hatched.

The birds will now be returned to the wild.

Two of the peregrine falcons rescued by officers. Credit: @West Midlands Police

 

3 comments to Peregrine falcons eggs hatched in police custody after smuggling swoop Birmingham airport.

  • John Miles

    Bring back licences to take a few falcons from the nest for falconry!! It will save many an adult bird from death.

  • Falcoscot

    Wasn’t this the case that happened about 4 years ago ?
    The ironic part about this case is that more chicks hatched and fledged than if the eggs had been left in the wild, not a justification for the crime but doesn’t that show what nest management can achieve ?

  • Graham irving

    This sounds like the Lendrum case. Chicks were either placed in foster nests or hacked back to the wild by falconers. An example of what inter agency cooperation can do when it needs to.