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.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Dutch ‘national bird’ numbers decline sharply

October 1, 2015 

There has been a sharp drop in the Dutch population of black-tailed godwits, a migratory wader which is considered by many to be the national bird of the Netherlands. 

This year’s breeding season was a disaster, producing just 4,600 young, according to bird protection group Vogelbescherming Nederland. At least 10,000 eggs need to hatch to preserve the population numbers. In the 1960s, there were over 125,000 breeding pairs of godwits, known as gruttos in Dutch. There are now thought to be well below 40,000.


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