Kellie’s mystery gift!

Head of Birds Kellie Piper had a belated birthday surprise when an unexpected gift was left for her by a mystery DZG visitor.

Kellie (pictured right), who had taken time off to celebrate her 32nd birthday, was delighted when she returned to work and found the present – a book called H is for Hawk.

Now Kellie, who has always wanted to read the story about a woman’s experiences of training a young goshawk, would love to be able to thank the kind person who left it for her.

Kellie said: “At first I was surprised someone had bought a gift for me but it was a very kind gesture and I’m very grateful.

“I would love to thank whoever it was for being so thoughtful and would like them to know I’m really touched.”

H is for Hawk is a memoir by British author Helen MacDonald.

It won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2014 and the 2014 Costa Book of the Year award. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize.

The book tells Helen Macdonald’s story of the year she spent training a goshawk in the wake of her father’s death. Having been a falconer for many years, she purchased a baby goshawk to help her through the grieving process.

To the very kind person who bought the book… A big thank you from Kellie!