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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bird of prey persecution "nothing short of disgraceful"

5:30pm 15th June 2016
(Updated 1:32pm 16th June 2016)

Police are describing the shooting of red kites as "totally unacceptable", after another bird was killed in North Yorkshire.

A member of the public found a dead adult red kite at Timble Ings, between Harrogate and Skipton, on Monday.

It was taken to a vet to be examined and X-rayed.

A number of shotgun pellets were found in it, and this appears to have been the cause of death.

In the last two months, six red kites in North Yorkshire have been shot or died in circumstances which suggest poisoning.

The red kite found at Timble Ings will have been killed sometime before it was found, and police are appealing for information to help bring those responsible to justice.

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