He was found on Friday 6th May  in a back garden next to a chicken farm on the outskirts of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, around 30 miles from his home.

Hungry Pilgrim flew to head falconer Adrian Hallgarth’s wrist “instantly” when he saw him and is now recovering at the centre.

Mr Hallgarth said: “Pilgrim’s in pretty rough shape, having been battered by every bird in the local area.

“All birds of prey get a hard time at this time of year as mating birds protect their nests and offspring.

“Those birds see an eagle like Pilgrim as a huge threat, so they will not stop harassing him until he is out of their area. But, with breeding birds everywhere, there will have been no respite for our boy.

“Having been hand-reared, Pilgrim’s a big softie. He may look aggressive but it’s all show, and he cannot find food for himself in the wild.

“We’re so glad he’s back home safe and sound. Bald eagles are fish-eaters in the wild, so I may go and catch him a fish as a ‘welcome home’ gift!”

Pilgrim is being fed small meals regularly to help build up his strength.

Mr Hallgarth thanked the public for their vigilance and help in bringing Pilgrim home.