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.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Three herons found shot in first week of hunting season - BirdLife

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At least three herons have been illegally shot in the first week of the autumn hunting season, BirdLife said on Saturday.

Two of the birds were brought to BirdLife by members of the public while the third was recovered by Administrative Law Enforcement officials in Ħal Far, a spokesman for the organisation said.

“A fisherman found a grey heron adrift at sea on Friday and brought it to us,” an eNGO representative told Times of Malta. “A medical examination found that it has lead pellets in its body and a broken wing.”

The bird is expected to make a recovery.
The second bird handed to BirdLife, a night heron, was discovered by a woman on her farm in Żejtun last Sunday, the spokesman added. Its injuries were too serious and it had to be put down.

At least 47 protected birds have been reported shot this year – 20 more than in the same period of 2017.

BirdLife Malta say that there is a good chance that the number of protected birds shot this year will reach levels last seen in 2012. The eNGO’s appeals for the autumn hunting season start date to be moved back by six weeks was ignored by the government, and the five-month season began as planned on September 1. 

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