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, 6 August 2014

Peregrines found dead

Section Community | Published on 28 Jul 2014

Police and the RSPB are appealing for information after four peregrines were found dead.

The birds were found on their nest at a quarry in Dyffryn Nantlle. The peregrines were last seen alive on Thursday, 3rd July, and they were discovered dead on Thursday, 10th July.

PC Dewi Evans explained: “The nest is situated high up on a very steep cliff and it has not been possible to recover the bodies.

“From the photograph it appears that one of the four is an adult, with the other three being chicks, which were only a week or so away from fledgling.

“According to the RSPB it would be highly unusual for the four to die, and foul play is highly probable."

Simon Hugheston-Roberts from RSPB Cymru said: “We have had a number of incidents of peregrine falcons being illegally persecuted in North Wales. The circumstances are highly suspicious and we are concerned that perhaps poisoned bait has been brought back to the nest by one of the parents resulting in the tragic death of all four birds.

"We would urge anyone with information about this or similar incidents to contact North Wales Police.”

Anyone who may have information relating to the death of the birds is asked to call PC Evans on 101 quoting reference R105499.

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