Because we live in strange times, there are more and more bird stories that come her way, so she has now moved onto the main CFZ bloggo with a new column with the same name as her aforementioned ones...
Human persecution was the primary reason behind the disappearance of the white-tailed eagle from Ireland during the early 20th Century. However, a reintroduction scheme was initiated by the Golden Eagle Trust in 2007 with the aim of re-establishing these birds in Ireland. The breeding pair laid eggs and hatching was anticipated for the last week of May.
Dr. Allan Mee, project manager of the White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Programme, said ‘Although it's disappointing the birds have failed to rear chicks it was fantastic they bred so young and got as far as the hatching stage. The pair incubated their egg/s for almost 7 weeks and showed themselves to be great parents, building a nest, bringing food to the nest and sharing the duties at the nest for the whole incubation period. This experience will stand to them on their next breeding attempt in 2013.'
Ravens raise three young at RSPB The Lodge
Ravens (Corvus corax) have successfully fledged three young at the RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Ravens became extinct in the country during the 19th Century and until recently there had been only one record of a bird in 1978 seen at Everton – this being the only one during the whole century. From the beginning of the 21st Century more sightings were recorded and in recent years birds have bred around Whipsnade. They appear to be spreading westwards, as did the common buzzard.
Rare ducks spotted on River Hull near Driffield
male (l) and female (r) pintails - photo: Wikipedia
male garganey - picture: Wikipedia
Rare bird appearance causes stir
Rare Portuguese tufted ducks return to east London after winter on the Med
A pair of rare Portuguese tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula) returned to London. They arrived with markings on the beaks that were linked a nature reserve in Portugal.
Tufted duck similar to the pair seen, with beak markings
Lady of the loch - osprey success
Extraordinarily, 'Lady' has hatched her first chick of 2012, and 2 more eggs are still incubating.
Sea eagles poisoned in Ireland
The young Mayo eagle, which had been released in Killarney National Park in 2010, was carrying a satellite tag to track its movements, and when the tag showed the bird was not moving about, a search was carried out by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and the Golden Eagle Trust. The dead bird was found on the shores of Lough Beltra in County Mayo. Post mortem results showed that not only had the eagle got high concentrations of poison in its body, but it had also been shot at some time in the past, and had shotgun pellets in its body. It is not clear whether the shooting and poisoning were related incidents.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service are investigating the killings. Minister Deenihan urged that anyone with information about the matter should contact the local Garda Siochána or the National Parks and Wildlife Service on 095-41054.