Bird on the wing: Missing falcon back home at Royal Armouries in Leeds

Murphy The Merlin went missing during one of the Royal Armouries' falconry displays, but has been spotted around the city centre. Picture: James Raybould.
Murphy The Merlin went missing during one of the Royal Armouries' falconry displays, but has been spotted around the city centre. Picture: James Raybould.
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The Royal Armouries in Leeds has thanked the public for their help after one of its falcons went missing.

Murphy the Merlin was taking part in Tuesday’s 3pm falconry display at the museum in Leeds Dock when he disappeared from sight.

Merlins are the UK’s smallest bird of prey, with a relatively long, square-cut tail and broad-based pointed wings, shorter than those of other falcon.

Members of the SMJ Falconry team, who co-ordinate the displays, issued a plea for help yesterday via social media.

They said a transmitter attached to Murphy’s leg had failed, so they were having to resort to more old-fashioned methods in tracking him down.

A number of sightings were reported, including one at Granary Wharf yesterday morning.

Last night the Royal Armouries tweeted: “Murphy the Merlin is back home at @smjfalconry safe & sound! A big thank you to everyone who helped to find him.”