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, 9 May 2014

Latest News Neighbors Fear Baby Birds Massacred In Woodchipper During Oakland Post Office Project

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland residents say rare birds were slaughtered during an Oakland tree-trimming project on behalf of the downtown U.S. Post office.

Black-crowned night herons are rare and protected by law, yet can be seen frequently on the streets of downtown Oakland, as are the droppings from the 2-foot tall birds. They have also been known to leave a mess on Post Office trucks. The city has trained work crews to leave ficus trees alone during the spring nesting season, but the USPS hired a 3rd party crew called Campos Tree Service to trim some branches.

The person in charge of the operation told KPIX 5 that it was an accident, and he was to blame.

“We are human beings, and we all make mistakes, and I am fully responsible for it. If I have to go to jail for that I will be more than happy to do it, because we all make mistakes,” said Ernesto Palido, a tree trimmer who borrowed the Campos truck to do the job.

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