An eagle-eyed bargain hunter set feathers flying after taking up residence in a West Yorkshire market hall.
The errant sparrowhawk has spent the last few days trapped in Pontefract Market Hall after straying inside earlier this week.
Staff at the market have been taking care of the bird while they waited for specialist equipment to allow them to trap it and release it safely back into the wild.
Ben Cook, Wakefield Council’s Service Manager for Markets and Tourism, said: “A sparrowhawk has become trapped inside Pontefract Market Hall. Due to its protected status, we have applied to Natural England for a license to catch the bird so that it can be released back in to the wild.
“As we await a humane trap to arrive today, staff are making sure it is fed and watered and we hope our extraordinary visitor didn’t ruffle too many feathers on its bargain hunt.”
Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey that are distinguished by their bright yellow eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons.