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.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Bird notes: Birdwatchers take over Twitter in protest against hunting

By North Wales Daily Post

Julian Hughes explains why birdwatchers have been taking to social media as well as providing an overall round up from North Wales

Birdwatchers took over Twitter last Friday to protest about the illegal hunting of spring migrant birds in Malta.

They did it again on Saturday when TV naturalist Chris Packham was questioned by Maltese police for five hours about his videos of the massacre.

The #freechrispackham hashtag was trending at number one, the latest example of birders using social media to make their voices heard.

Two Welsh MEPs have called on the EC to act against the flouting of bird protection laws.

Elsewhere, two garganeys are in a flooded field along the road to South Stack; others graced the new Llyn Fens near Nefyn and Aberdysynni’s Broad Water.

Our smallest duck, these summer migrants seem to be turning up less frequently in North Wales in recent years;

Whimbrels are heading north in small groups: 10 at Rhoscolyn, 28 at Rhosneigr, and an impressive group of 51 at Aberdysynni.

There was an arrival of Whinchats on Monday, with birds at RSPB Conwy and Gronant, and Tree Pipits at Gronant, the Great Orme, Bangor Mountain and Bardsey.

Bardsey bird observatory also recorded Black Guillemot, Iceland Gull and Hooded Crow.

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