By WMNHFinch | Posted: July 06, 2016
Choughs can begin to breed at two years old but this season one-year-old birds have successfully reared young, an extremely rare event barely documented before. RSPB field officer Nicola Shanks said: "I hope that everyone, the volunteers who help monitor the choughs, the farmers who work to provide crucial habitat for them, and the Cornish communities that support 'their' choughs are as proud as I am."
Twenty-three newly fledged choughs have taken to the skies of Cornwall, making this year the most successful since the bird made a surprise re-appearance 15 years ago. Twelve pairs attempted to breed this year – itself a recent record – and eight of those pairs successfully reared young. In all there are now some 54 choughs flying above the Duchy. And choughs are once again breeding in the Roseland area, probably the first time they have done so since the 1820s.