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.

Friday 12 October 2018

Police investigating after once-rare bird of prey shot out of sky above Saddleworth Moor

The incident has appalled conservationists
06:00, 21 SEP 2018
Police have launched an investigation after a once-rare bird of prey was shot out of the sky above Saddleworth Moor.
The red kite was blasted within the Peak District National Park area. The killing has appalled conservationists.
The re-introduction of the species has been a success story in recent decades after its numbers dropped to just ten in the 1970s, with those remaining confined to central Wales.
Tim Melling, the RSPB's regional conservation officer, said: "It is the most benign bird of prey, feeding on carrion, worms, and insects.
"We don't know who shot this bird, but 75 per cent of all crimes against birds of prey are connected with the game shooting industry."
Climber Adam Long told the M.E.N. he heard gunshots and saw the bird fall from the sky.
The shooter, however, remained out of sight.

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