Two Slough Space Station staff earned feathers in their caps for harmlessly catching a bird of prey stuck in the storage centre rafters. Dave Smedley, area manager, and Ken Nichols, of the maintenance crew, spent four hours patiently tracking the lost kestrel in the self storage facility's roof space before finally catching the beautiful bird with two fishing nets and returning it to the wild.
Dave and Ken turned bird catchers after trying to get help from the local Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) and RSPCA, but their staff were too busy with other incidents to turn out.
They found the kestrel nestled in the rafters on a morning building check.
"We didn't expect to spend half the day chasing a kestrel," said Dave. "But we couldn't leave the bird at risk in the roof space. We could see it was stressed and knew it was probably hungry, so we decided to act when we couldn't raise the RSPB or RSPCA."
Other staff spent the day teasing the new fly-boys about their new found talons.
According to the RSPB, kestrels are a familiar sight with pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside roadside verges. The population of kestrels is declining, and the absence of a natural habitat due to intensive farming has made many move in to urban environments to survive, where they adapt quite well.