Bewick’s swans stay in ‘warm’ Siberia

This video from England is about Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre.

From British daily The Independent:

Swans stay in ‘warm’ Siberia

The late arrival in Britain of migratory birds from Russian region is being blamed on global warming, Ian Johnston reports

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

The arrival of thousands of swans fleeing plunging temperatures in their breeding grounds in western Siberia is usually one of the first signs that winter is on its way in Britain.

But wildlife experts are reporting that the swans’ 1,800-mile mid-October migration has so far failed tomaterialise, with climate change turning the once famously harsh Russian region into a more inviting winter haven for the majestic birds.

Some 300 Bewick’s swans – of the 8,000 or so which usually make the annual flight west to the UK – were expected at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire by 21 October but have not yet been sighted. Such a delay is unheard of. Experts at the centre said the birds appear to have “simply stayed put for longer” as temperatures have not been cold enough to persuade them to come this far west.

Obama murder plot by US nazis

This 30 October 2008 video from the USA is about skinhead neo-nazis arrested for an assassination plot against Obama.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Obama Assassination Plot Disrupted By ATF

LARA JAKES JORDAN | October 27, 2008

WASHINGTON — Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people _ 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show.

See also here. And here.

This is the tip of an iceberg of hate among ultra Rightist McCain-Palin supporters.

Voting problems in the USA: here.

US workers and elections: here.

Wetar Ground-dove rediscovered in Indonesia


This is a video of a zebra dove nest.

From Wildlife Extra:

Endangered Wetar Ground-dove rediscovered on Wetar Island, Indonesia

25/10/2008 23:30:36

Timor Imperial Pigeon also recorded in good numbers

October 2008. Scientists working for the UK-based conservation charity Columbidae Conservation have rediscovered the endangered Wetar Ground-dove (Gallicolumba hoedtii), one of the world’s least known birds, on the islandof Wetar. There have been no official records of the species on Wetar Island for 100 years. These initial observations on Wetar are therefore very good news for the species future conservation as, apart from Wetar the species only occurs on one other island, the neighbouring island of Timor (Indonesia / Timor-Leste). The project continues; after fulfilling its initial aim to determine whether the Wetar Ground-dove was still present on Wetar, data is now being collected on its distribution, habitat requirements and to identify any threats it may be facing.

Locally abundant

The scientists report that not only has the species been rediscovered but it is likely to be locally abundant. At one location, the team observed a congregation of 30-40 birds feeding on fallen fig (Ficus) fruits – this represents by far the largest ever recorded gathering. The team also reported that another endangered species of pigeon, the Timor Imperial Pigeon (Ducula cineracea) is also locally abundant. At the time of writing, 39 new bird species have been recorded for the island.