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, 20 February 2017

‘Birds left to die on the ground? It’s disgusting’: Aldinga residents hit out at corella cull but business owners say it’s necessary

  February 7, 20171:38pm
ALDINGA residents are in a flap over a “disgusting” corella cull in their suburb.

The shooting of birds on private land has sparked an angry response on social media.

Residents witnessing the cull posted photos and video of the shooter and the injured birds to Facebook.

They say a shooter started to kill off the birds on the evening of Wednesday, February 1, in the trees on private land opposite the Aldinga Hotel.

However, Miss Gladys By The Sea director Joff Chappel said he was one of several traders behind the cull.

“Apparently the birds talk so it doesn’t have to be a very big cull for them to move on,” Mr Chappel said.

He would not reveal who the others traders were.

An Onkaparinga Council spokesman said the council had not been involved “in bird control activities” since 2012. The Southern Times Messenger understands the shooter had a permit and was allowed to cull until 9pm.

Aldinga resident Donna Morrison said injured birds were left lying on the ground with gunshot wounds.

“I think it was disgusting,” Ms Morrison said.

“The shooter is meant to only shoot if he has a clear shot and can kill instantly which clearly trying to shoot at night with a torch doesn’t allow for a quick clean kill.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said the dead birds were collected and put into a sack.

“Some of the birds would fall down to the ground and flap around and they wouldn’t put them in the sack until they were dead,” the resident said.

Cr Don Chapman said the cull was “inappropriate”.

New conservation site in Manitoba

By: Staff The Canadian Press Published on Thu Feb 02 2017 

LUNDAR, Man. — A nature group has unveiled a new conservation site in Manitoba.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the Swan Lake Wetland-Parkland Complex project near Lundar is more than 935 hectares.

It says the area is a mix of forest, savanna, grasslands and expansive wetlands which tie into Big Swan Lake and the surrounding smaller shallow water lakes.

It says bird surveys conducted in the area found 86 bird species, including four threatened species at risk — the least bittern, Eastern Whip-poor-will, bobolink and barn swallow.

The conservancy says the open wetlands along the east end of the property are important for many wetland bird species, including sandhill crane, great blue heron, and American white pelican.

Environment Canada contributed more than $521,000 which was used to help buy the land, and cover off other project costs, surveys, appraisals, biological inventories for all species and habitats and a property management plan.

"It's exciting for our 200th project to have been a wetland as there's many important reasons to conserve Manitoba's wetlands," Kevin Teneycke, senior director of conservation with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Manitoba said in a news release.

"Wetlands help clean water, reduce flooding and erosion, minimize drought and provide plants and animals with food, water, shelter and a place to call home. During warmer months, wetlands also provide excellent recreational spots and learning opportunities."


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Cash offered for sightings of rare NZ bird

26 Jan 2017 - 8:44pm

A cash reward is being offered for evidence of a New Zealand bird that's feared to be extinct.
26 Jan 2017 - 8:44 PM  UPDATED 26 Jan 2017 - 8:44 PM

A New Zealand charity is offering 5,000 NZ dollars ($A4,800) for sightings of a South Island kokako - but there's a catch: The endemic bird species is most likely extinct.

The bird, with a distinctive orange wattle under its neck, is unique to New Zealand and was once widespread in the forests of the South Island and Stewart Island.

Before 2013 it was listed as extinct, but after some credible sightings it was reclassified as "data deficient," thus triggering the search for more information.

The hunt for what could well be the rarest bird on the planet is urgent, the chairman of the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust, Euan Kennedy, said on Thursday in a statement.

"If South Island kokako still exist, there will be very few left. We need to locate them very soon so that conservation has a higher prospect of success," he added.

The reward would be paid once a panel of New Zealand's expert ornithologists agreed that the bird exists.

Trampers, bird-lovers, hunters and all other backcountry users who think they've seen or heard the bird can register the sighting on the trust's website.

As no photo of the bird exists, the trust has released a digitally altered image of the North Island kokako to give people an idea of what the South Island variety would probably look like.

In the early 1800s, the kokako occupied large parts of the South Island but numbers declined quickly after the introductions of cats, ship rats and stoats, and the birds were very rare by the late 1800s. The last confirmed sighting was in Mount Aspiring National Park in 1967.