Bird deaths continue to soar
THE number of birds of prey killed in a suspected mass poisoning is continuing to rise.
The death count has gone up to 13 - an increase of two since yesterday - and police are treating it as a wildlife crime.
Nine red kites and four buzzards have been found within a 2 square mile area to the south east of Conon Bridge, around Conon Brae, Balvail, Leanaig and Alcaig.
Seven of the recovered birds have undergone post mortems and the tests show six birds were poisoned.
Police Scotland is working with the RSPB, SSPCA, Scottish Agricultural College (SCA) and Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).
Police have urged people not to touch a bird of prey if they find it dead.
Phone 101 with information.
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.