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.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

We can't just sit back and accept decline of these birds

Written byRay Collier

THERE are always reports coming out about birds – mainly associated with doom and gloom and their decline.

These include ones that we have been used to in some numbers such as the starlings and the lapwings.

After all, the starlings are around in huge numbers as the media keeps showing us, with the birds’ amazing roosts.

The lapwing used to breed in almost every field and their spring flight display was always something to look forward to.

With all the doom and gloom one tends to just accept it as though there is nothing we can do about it.

However, the latest report for 2013 should snap us out of this, especially as one newspaper headline said "Scotland’s favourite birds are in freefall".

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