The fatal shooting of a bird of prey in Cumbria was one of a catalogue of killings in a bad year of wildlife crimes.
A tawny owl died after being shot in the back of its head with an airgun pellet at Glasson Moss, near Port Carlisle.
It is one of a string of cases the RSPB believes add weight for calls to changes in wildlife law and policing so that crimes against animals can be given greater priority.
Other confirmed cases of birds of prey being illegally killed in Cumbria during 2011 include the poisoning of a red kite. Another red kite was also shot in the Lake District.
The RSPB today published its annual wildlife crime figures which it says showed cases of poisoning, shooting and trapping for red kites, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks and other persecuted species.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.