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.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Heron put down in Thirsk after shotgun wound

A heron has had to be put down after a shotgun pellet shattered the bird's wing, North Yorkshire Police said.

The injured bird was found by the side of the road in Dalton, near Richmond, on Tuesday and was taken to a wildlife haven in Thirsk for treatment but it could not be saved.

An X-ray showed a shotgun pellet had shattered its wing and two pellet wounds to the bird's body.

Herons are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said anyone who kills a heron could face a fine or even a prison sentence.

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