Professor Mizera ringing female eaglet near Poznan 2006. Note the ring colour and number, then examine the third image of the same bird photographed fishing by Terry Pickford 2 years later 85 km to the west of Poznan. What an amazing coincidence.
Throughout the ages the “White Eagle” has been closely associated with the history of Poland. This important species was first adopted as the king’s emblem in times of Przemys II in 1295 and remains the State’s emblem today. A stylized image of a white eagle is present in the emblem (or crest of the Wielkopolska voivodeship as well as many cities throughout our region. Historians and nature experts argue as to which bird is actually depicted in the crest. None of the bird species is purely white, but the White-Tailed Sea Eagle is the only species with a snow-white tail and often very pale head. Today it is impossible to tell with any certainty. A fact supporting this theory might be that in many images of the “white eagle” the artists exposed huge bill and bare tarsi – an important feature that distinguish this species from any other eagle species. Besides in Middle Ages most cities were situated near rivers and lakes where fishing was a common occupation. There is little doubt that our ancestors had many opportunities for observing this species more frequently than any other eagles.
Attached below is the Government response to the people who signed Mark Avery’s petition asking for a Ban of Driven Grouse Shooting in England. The initial hearing where evidence will be submitted will take place at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 18 October at 2.15pm.
Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent damage to pheasants poults. What Natural England did not admitted until now was that the licence they issued was to control Buzzards predating young pheasants inside the rearing pens and not outside. (See last paragraph in the letter below sent by DEFRA). The question that must now be asked, why were these pens not covered when holding pheasant poults preventing any buzzards gaining entry from the top of the pen, hence no licence needed?
Pheasant pen correctly covered by netting which prevents Buzzards from predating pheasant poults within. Simple.
When Regina, and then Lom – two of the three captive bred Egyptian Vultures released this year in Bulgaria – crossed from Turkey to Cyprus on their migration south, our hearts sunk. We knew already that about 70% of all tagged wild nestlings from the Balkans ended up drowning in the Med in their first migratory journey, and 3 of the 6 Egyptian vultures the VCF and CERM released last year in southern Italy also did not make it to the southern shores of the Med, falling into the sea.
Message to Mark Avery from Terry Pickford, no mention of the Forest of Bowland Tragedy, why?
Mark, I was so disappointed that during your interview above with Chris Packham this week, although you highlighted the disappearance of many, but not all, raptors from the Yorkshire dales, the north York moors and the Peak District, you totally omitted to mention the unprecedented disappearance of all Hen Harriers and Peregrines as breeding species from the Forest of Bowland. Was there an underlying reason for choosing not to mention Bowland and the complete loss of these two breeding species which of course have now resulted in Bowland becoming England’s first moorland ‘native raptor breeding free zone’?
The birds were fitted with satellite tags, all of which no longer transmit information on where the raptors are. RSPB Scotland said the eagles had vanished in the Monadhliath mountains south east of Inverness.
The One Show BBC1 will feature the nesting pair of Bowland Eagle Owls at 7pm on Monday 19 September, which successfully nested on the United Utilities estate this year without incident for the first time in a number of years. We urge you to add the date into your diary.
This year the Eagle Owl Success in Bowland is very notable for a number of reasons, importantly this year the nest was not disturbed at a critical time as has happened previously, the nesting pair were left alone by keeping the disturbers well away from the nest, at least until the owlets were feathered.
Male Pallid Harrier: Just how secure will these birds be when entering Red Grouse Moors?
The raptor migration hot spot at Falsterbo, on the south-western tip of Sweden, is having another great year for Pallid Harriers with 10 seen this week alone and 40 for the autumn total so far. One British birder there managed to record 3 Pallid Harriers in one day! This has been reflected in the UK with this weekends juvenile found in the Peak District adding crowds to the moors looking for harriers. An adult male Marsh Harrier was seen on the Saturday high over the moors passing Stanage Edge near Sheffield but the Pallid was seen around Barbrook Reservoir only 10 miles from Sheffield. An adult male Pallid Harrier was seen in the Highlands near Loch Loyal while another bird was recorded on Shetland with a juvenile seen in Sussex and Cornwall.
News of bird and bat deaths at wind farms have reduced to a trickle. Does that mean that a solution has been found? Yes, it has, but it’s not what you think. Wind turbines are every year more numerous and the massacre they cause is ever increasing. What has changed is that the cover up is now effective at 100%, or just about.