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.

Monday, 5 September 2016

BirdLife Malta extolls bird migration 'magic' as hunters group welcomes hunting season

Hunters group welcomes opening of the hunting season on Thursday, urging its members to obey all laws and regulations, while BirdLife Malta eagerly awaits ‘the magical time’ that can be enjoyed by everyone during the bird migration season

Paul Cocks
30 August 2016, 11:00am

As the Kaccaturi San Ubertu (KSU) group was wishing all hunters a good hunting season, BirdLife Malta was welcoming the beginning of the migration season, calling it a magical time to be enjoyed by all.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, KSU called for reciprocal respect from hunters and other members of the community and urged its members to respect all hunting laws and to report any illegalities.

It commended the work carried out by the enforcement authorities and pledged its continued cooperation and support.

The hunting season opens on Thursday, 1 September and runs until 31 January, while the season for turtle dove hunting ends on 30 September.

A hunting curfew comes into force between 15 September and 7 October, during which shooting is not allowed after 7pm.

In its statement, BirdLife Malta extolled the spectacle expected during the migration season, which picks up during September, and which will see a number of birds of prey reach our shores after the first thunderstorms of the season.

A number of other birds, such as herons, egrets, bee-eaters and smaller passerines, can already be observed around Malta.

The raptors will migrate from Sicily as the weather starts changing: marsh harriers and honey buzzards tend to fly in their hundreds, looking for a place to spend the night.

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