Mito’s mighty adventure ...

Linda Salmond with Mito the kestrel and his owner Robin Manson

Linda Salmond with Mito the kestrel and his owner Robin Manson

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A Kirkcaldy man has thanked the public for helping to find his beloved kestrel which went missing at the weekend.

Robin Manson (30), a former falconer who lives in Overton Mains, took Mito, who he has had from six weeks old, to Dunnikier Park on Sunday morning.

Lots of people had reported seeing him, but they were false alarms, so I am delighted to have him back again

Robin Manson

But, after displaying a reluctance to take part in his regular flying exercise, Mito disappeared in the direction of Smeaton.

After searching for over an hour, Robin launched a Facebook campaign to find him and, on Tuesday afternoon, he got a call to say a woman in Loughborough Road had seen a kestrel in her neighbour’s garden.

Robin, who works as an architectural technician in Edinburgh, called on help from former workmates at Elite Falconry near Cluny who, managed to recapture him.

They were re-united when he returned home from work.

“He has never flown off before and usually when he is out flying he is never more than 40 yards from me, so this was out of character,” explained Robin.

“However, on Sunday, he just flew up and landed in a nearby tree and was not really interested in flying around.

“I whistled for him, at which point there was a big gust of warm wind and he flew off and disappeared.

‘‘I searched the area for about an hour, but couldn’t find a trace of him.

‘‘I went back home and posted a message on Facebook asking anyone who may have seen him to get in touch with me and all my friends reposted it.

“Linda Salmond, who spotted him in her neighbour’s garden, had read the message and contacted me, and the minute she mentioned the bell on his leg, I knew it was Mito.

“Lots of people had reported seeing him, but they were false alarms, so I am delighted to have him back again.

‘‘ He seems none the worse for his adventure, and when I weighed him he had hardly lost any weight.

“I just want to thank everyone who helped spread the word - it’s great that it led to his recovery.”