Saturday, May 19, 2012
Next year I am going to be more rigorous in my investigations, and take proper notes...
WATCHER OF THE SKIES: golden oriole, egg thief, red kites, hen harrier, avocets, wild cranes, Chris Packham
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...
Rare gold bird back at reserve
THE RSPB has offered a £1,000 reward for information after two rare birds of prey were found poisoned. They were found dead in the Hexton area and toxicological tests showed they had been poisoned with a highly-toxic pesticide that is, in fact, banned. It is presumed that both the victims had been feeding off carrion illegal laced with the chemical and placed in the countryside.
Sgt Jamie Bartlett, rural wildlife and environmental crimes officer for Hertfordshire Police, said: ‘We are appealing to anybody who may have more information about the deaths of these birds.
“The use of poison in these circumstances is highly irresponsible and indiscriminate. The pesticide used is highly toxic and the potential for injury to members of the public or their pets could have been high.”
Red kites were saved from national extinction by one of the world’s longest running protection programmes, and have now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland.
Guy Shorrock, investigations officer with the RSPB, added: “The reintroduction of red kites has been a fantastic success story and the expansion of the population into Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire has allowed more people to see these amazing birds.
“Unfortunately, every year we get tragic incidents like this.
“Illegally placing poison in the countryside puts wildlife, domestic animals and potentially members of the public at risk.
“We would urge anyone with information about this or other wildlife crime to contact the police.”
Anyone with any information should contact Sgt Bartlett on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.
To find out how they are getting on visit our wildlife sightings page at: www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge-sightings or come to Slimbridge to see the young family in person.
that now I pretend I am a poet,
and each week if I have the time,
blog notifications are done in rhyme.
An exclusive here, we have part three
of my interview with the great Ant-Bee:
And it wouldn't be right to exclude the lords
so here's the Marquis D-B at the BMI awards:
And here is something cool for you,
a link to a great Hawkwind interview:
And another link to muse upon,
a review of Martin Stephenson:
And finally before it all gets out of hand,
an interview from the Netherlands,
with Merrell Fankhauser, truly a star,
and the King of the far-out surf guitar:
And that's quite enough blogging for yer average freak,
so enough of the rhymes, they'll be back next week...
I have more blog postings under development for all of my blogs, but unfortunately I am still getting technical errors from blogger. This matter did just come up today and since it was fairly simple to assemble I pushed it through first:
New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
I was finally able to fight my way through technical problems and get the next installment of Cedar and Willow out: it was running too long so I broke it in half and added more videos at the end:
Tyler Stone just added a very interesting new article on Dogman and Beardog reports, and he may have made another significant advance in Cryptozoology in his assessment of the Beardogs category:
On this day in 1896 the famous chandelier of Paris’ Palais Garnier opera house fell onto the audience crushing many and killing at least one person. Think that seems familiar from somewhere? Well, Gaston Leroux used the incident in his 1911 novel “The Phantom of the Opera” (you can get the novel for free on your kindle and I highly recommend it) which he had set in the Palais Garnier, and it is also recreated, just before the interval, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation.
And now the news:
- Bigfoot conferences are booming, even without proo...
- Nature rewards farmers who help rare birds
- Icelandic MP Moves Elves’ Boulder to His Home
- Listening to Chickens Could Improve Poultry Produc...
- Elephant Seals Seen Traveling Oceans for Food
- Cockroach In McDonald's Hash Browns: Man Claims To...
- Skokholm Island bought by Wildlife Trust
- Cave women in a different light
- Wet weather delaying and confusing butterflies
- Rattlesnake bites customer in Wal-Mart
- 'Beast of Bont returns' as 20 sheep found massacre...
- Dog gets around with four bionic paws
Wait for it… wait for it… wait some more… (nice song isn’t it?)…wait… CRASH:
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"Guys, if you're going to set up a trigger cam you MUST leave it in the same area for months at a time. Frequent visits to the camera will leave a scent that a cat would detect. It's a good idea to set cameras up relatively high, overlooking a game trail, because it's unlikely a cat will just walk up to a cam only two-feet off the ground. We've also found that the infra-red puts certain animals off - this was proven in Africa with a melanistic leopard that never seemed to come within 200 yards of the camera yet was seen on thermal imaging. If you're getting fox, deer etc, on the camera then that's a good start,as there's prey in the area but too many people keep moving there cam's out of frustration and this isn't the way forward".