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, 5 July 2019

Marsh harrier shot near Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve, Norfolk

2 July 2019
A rare bird of prey thought to be part of a breeding pair on a nature reserve has been found shot.
The male marsh harrier was found injured by a dog walker at Sculthorpe Moor, near Fakenham, Norfolk, according to the reserve owner the Hawk and Owl Trust.
The find was reported to staff at the reserve, but when they got to the spot only a few feathers were left.
Since the shooting a male bird breeding on the reserve has not been seen.
The Trust said this year's chicks were at risk because both parents were needed to supply enough food for their offspring.
The Hawk and Owl Trust said it had reported the find, on 21 June, to Norfolk Police as the marsh harrier is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The Trust said "the finder was unable to get to the bird to rescue, but did take a photograph which records the kind of injury that shows the bird had been shot".
Nigel Middleton, Sculthorpe Moor reserve manager, said: "Illegal persecution is such a problem and it's inexcusable. Having it happen on our doorstep has come as a real shock.
"Marsh harriers are the reason that Sculthorpe is a reserve. This is just horrifying.
"If anyone knows anything please let the police know. Let's bring this criminal to justice."
Marsh harrier
lives in marsh and reedbed
length = 52cm; wingspan = 122cm
breeds in Europe, central Asia and north Africa
after nearly disappearing as a breeding species in Britain, it has recovered to about 400 breeding pairs, but still has "endangered" status
eats animals found/caught on the ground

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