It has come to our notice that a pair of nesting Goshawks being monitored in the Midlands in 2014 by the Forestry Commission and local bird watchers were predating 90% Grey Squirrel. This adds to the Derbyshire nest where 95% Grey Squirrel predation was recorded, and a nest in Devon where Grey Squirrel predation was 68% Grey.
Bill Oddie weighs into Ilkley Moor grouse shoot debate
The well known TV presenter met campaigners calling for the ban soon after Bradford councillors voted unanimously earlier this month to allow shooting to continue on council-owned land. The celebrity bird watcher expressed his concern at the damage caused to wildlife by shooting.
He said: “Ilkley Moor has a special place in my heart since performing On Ilkla Moor Baht’at in the style of Joe Cocker for John Peel.
“The moor is also important for the conservation of wildlife and I do not want to see Ilkley Moor harmed. Bradford Council must end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.”
His comments were welcomed by Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) whose members met with him last week.
The campaign group has launched another online petition in the hope of forcing the council to think again about shooting.
The previous petition was signed by over 1,000 people and was presented to the council which decided to allowing shooting to continue until 2018.
The authority decided to ban the use of traps used to kill predators such as stoats and weasels.
A spokesman for BBIM welcomed Oddie’s comments.
“Bradford Council must respond to the growing consensus amongst conservationists and moor users on the harms caused to the moor by grouse shooting.
“The only realistic option is to end the shoot, the last in the country to be permitted on public land.”
Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor has vowed to disrupt grouse shooting on the moor in August. It plans to use “lawful direct action” as well as lobbying politicians.
Opponents of grouse shooting include Friends of Ilkley Moor.
A spokesman said it was confident that shooting would cease in 2018.
This story was first published by the Yorkshire Post.
Canadian fisherman Dan Dunbar was cruising in a boat near Nanoose Bay, British Columbia when he spotted a young bald eagle floundering on the surface of the water. Although bald eagles are known to be quite capable swimmers, this particular bird appeared unable to take flight again, and was close to more mile from any land.. This incident happened in September 2014 but is no less interesting for those of us who did not see the article.
As Dunbar began to think of how he might try to help, the bird used his wings to inch closer to the vessel, speaking aloud to offer the animal a few encouraging words:
“Hey, buddy. What do you figure? Want to come aboard? I’d throw you a life-jacket, but I don’t got one that’ll fit you.”
Before Dunbar had the chance to grab his net, however, the bird drifted away again, so he powered up the engine to move closer.
After getting within reach, Dunbar — who recorded the entire 12 minute rescue, ripe with uplifting commentary — then scoops the bird up from the water. “There you go. Are you a little tired?”
The bald eagle, though shaken and cold, did not appear to be visibly injured. Once aboard, the bird stretched his wings to warm himself, keeping a watchful but tolerant eye on Dunbar as he filmed and continued to make conversation with him.
“I’ve got to say, you’re the most unusual fishing partner I’ve ever had. But you’re probably better at that than me though.”
Dunbar reports that the bald eagle was then picked up by Wildlife Rescue and transported to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) to be treated.
O.W.L. veterinarian Dina Lee told The Dodo that the bald eagle, probably around three years old, does not appear to have any injuries to his wings that would prevent him from flying, calling the fact that he was found stranded at sea “odd.”
Lee says that accidental poisoning is a likely factor, noting that birds can fall ill after ingesting animals that may have come in contact with rodenticide used by farmers to keep pests at bay.
“When the fisherman fish him out onto the boat, there wasn’t any fishing line tangled around him, and when he came in, there wasn’t any clear break. But he wasn’t eating food very well, so we’re suspecting there might be something in him, so we’re taking x-rays to see,” says Lee. “We’ll do everything that we can.”
This adult male bald eagle was found shot to death on February 4th near a lake in Kansas.Wildlife officials are seeking information.
Kansas wildlife officials are searching for the killers of a bald eagle that was found shot to death on February 4 at Marion Reservoir north of Wichita.
“Kansas Game Wardens are seeking the public’s help,” the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism posted on its Facebook page, according toThe Wichita Eagle. “Anyone with information is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 877-426-3843. You can remain anonymous.”
This petition is very important and urgently needs YOUR help now. Please take a few minutes to sign and share on Twitter and FaceBook. If you care about the plight of ‘so called protected birds of prey‘, this petition may just be the spark to get the governments attention.
The corpse of 3 peregrine chicks together with an adult falcon, each shot to death in their eyrie.
Yesterday, 21st February, Police Scotland executed search warrants on a shooting estate in the Stirling area after a Peregrine Falcon was found to have been poisoned by the banned pesticide Carbofuran.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said;
“In July 2014, a member of the public contacted police to report a dead Red Kite on the same estate. Subsequent investigation revealed this bird was also poisoned with the same banned pesticide. There was no release of information to the general public at this time for operational reasons”.