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 6 August 2018

Sadness as ‘tragic error’ by RSPB kills baby osprey in Aberdeenshire

 July 23, 2018, 6:09 am

A “tragic error” resulted in a baby bird of prey dying while a wildlife charity attempted to tag it.

RSPB staff were trying to attach a tag to an osprey chick near Huntly, to track its movements throughout its life, when the bird fell from the top of its tree and died.

The organisation has now released a statement explaining the accident and pledging to learn from the mistake.

The message, posted on the RSPB’s website, stated: “We are extremely sad to report an unfortunate accident that occurred recently when two members of staff were ringing an osprey chick in the Huntly area of Aberdeenshire.

“A tragic error at the top of the tree led to a chick falling to the ground from the nest, resulting in the death of the bird.”

The RSPB statement added that the incident was only the second of its kind to take place in more than 50 years of ringing osprey chicks across Scotland.

The message also stressed that the three staff members involved were all “highly experienced” and were following strict protocol as ordered by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

It added: “This heartbreaking accident has left everyone involved distraught and upset by the loss of this chick.


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