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Last Updated: Wednesday April 27 2011 05:50 GMT

Sparrowhawk survives window smash in Scotland

The broken window and the recovered bird of prey
The broken window and the recovered bird of prey

A sparrowhawk that smashed through a window is back in the wild after being nursed back to health.

The bird of prey broke through the porch window of a house in the Ross of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland.

Shocked David McLean got some advice from bird charity RSPB and then put the bird in an old dog cage to recover.

Sparrowhawks are the smallest birds of prey and can reach up to 50mph. About a third of them die each year, mainly due to injuries caused through collisions.

The next day the bird was well enough to be released back into the wild.

Mr McLean said: "I carried the cage outside, told it sternly that it was welcome to call again but could it knock next time, and I opened the cage door. It immediately flew out."