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 September 2016

Chinese man poisons over 400 wild birds after luring them with worms and recorded bird sounds

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 12:50pm
25 Aug 2016

A man has been arrested in eastern China for killing more than 400 wild birds after luring them with recorded bird sounds, the news portal reports.

Police on patrol in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, on Tuesday noticed a man on a motorcycle acting suspiciously, and pulled him over for an inspection.

More than 300 dead birds were found in a polystyrene box on the back of the motorcycle, including woodpeckers, magpies, falcons and hoopoes.

Another 100 birds were later found at the site where the man had been hunting.

The man, who was not identified, confessed that he lured the birds by baiting the grass with worms and playing recorded bird sounds.

The birds were poisoned using insecticide, the report said. The police are investigating.

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