Amazed East Lothian woman watches a bird of prey take up residence in her back garden


A Musselburgh woman has been surprised after discovering a bird of prey and the remains of one of its meals in her garden.

Lisa Waugh, 44, suspects the bird of prey is a sparrowhawk and noticed the majestic creature around 4pm at her Fisherrow home yesterday.

She describes the bird as “beautiful”, but the mess it left from a “demolished seagull” in its back garden was anything but.

The health worker said she believed the bird of prey may have been forced to settle in more urban settings as the green land surrounding East Lothian town developed en masse.

Lisa said: ‘It was around 4pm when I spotted the bird at my home at Fisherrow in Musselburgh.

“He’s a beautiful bird but the mess he left after knocking down a seagull in the garden wasn’t.

“It’s apparently a sparrowhawk. It’s such a beautiful bird and it sat there for a while.

“I think any construction on the surrounding green land will force more birds into the urban community.

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“At the moment Musselburgh is a bit of a building site.”

The Scottish SPCA said they were unable to identify the falcon from the images shared due to their quality, but offered advice to anyone who may come into contact with a bird of prey or leftovers from one of his meals at his home.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Birds of prey sometimes visit gardens as they may be attracted to bird feeders visited by the smaller birds on which they normally feed.

“If you find the remains of an animal in your garden, you should call your local authority for advice on the best way to dispose of it.

“Please do not approach any birds of prey you may encounter.

“If you are concerned about a sick or injured animal you should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”


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