British osprey update

This is a video about an osprey.

Scotland’s oldest osprey lays a record-breaking 53rd egg: here.

UK Ospreys 2009: here.

Osprey at Leighton Moss – Born in Lake District: here.

First osprey chick in living memory for Dumfriesshire – Caerlaverock: here.

Ospreys, the spectacular fish hawks whose return to Britain has been a conservation success story, have nested in Northumberland for the first time in more than two centuries: here.

Ospreys breed in Northumberland for first time in over two centuries: here.

Nesting herons, nuthatches, jackdaws, swallows and ospreys on CCTV in Scotland: here.


Romania accused of anti-Moldovan annexionism

Anti communist demonstrator with Romanian flagFrom Sofia News Agency in Bulgaria:

Moldova has accused neighboring Romania of fueling the protests that erupted into violence in the capital Chisinau and declared Romania’s ambassador persona non grata, BBC reported. …

Some of the protesters on Tuesday had called for the unification of Moldova with Romania, its bigger neighbor.

Thousands of young protesters thronged Chisinau, fighting police and ransacking parliament, in protest at the results of Sunday’s election.

Official results gave the ruling Communists about 50% of the vote in the Romanian-speaking ex-Soviet republic.

From Dutch NOS TV:

Many of the [anti communist] demonstrators were carrying Romanian flags.

See also here.

Military sonar kills dolphins

This video is called Navy Sonar & Whales.

This report is from the London Times, owned by arch warmonger Rupert Murdoch (so anyone who loves wars and/or hates dolphins, don’t start moaning about supposed “liberal media”):

April 8, 2009

Military sonar blamed for mass dolphin strandings

Mass strandings of dolphins and whales could be caused because the animals are rendered temporarily deaf by military sonar, experiments have shown.

Tests on a captive dolphin have demonstrated that hearing can be lost for up to 40 minutes on exposure to sonar. Hearing is the most important sense for dolphins and other cetaeceans, and losing it is likely to cause them to become disorientated and alarmed.

The finding by the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology may explain several strandings of dolphins and whales in the past decade. Most strandings are still thought to be natural events, but the tests strengthen fears that exercises by naval vessels equipped with sonar are responsible for at least some of them. …

Dr Mooney said that this could explain three of the best-known strandings that have been linked to military sonar – in the Bahamas, the Canaries and Hawaii – because all three regions had a mountainous underwater topography.

In the Bahamas in March 2000, 16 Cuvier’s beaked whales and Blainville’s beaked whales and a spotted dolphin beached during a US navy exercise in which sonar was used intensively for 16 hours. …

Observations by researchers while carrying out the tests, which are reported in the journal Biology Letters, showed that even though the dolphin involved was well accustomed to man-made noises and disturbances, it suffered subtle behavioural changes, which could cause further confusion.

See also here.

The whale, a male specimen of the Blainville’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), was seen circling the area for two days, then ended up dead at the seashore on Wednesday morning, witnesses said: here.

Wicken Fen nature reserve online

This video from England is called Wicken Fen observation hide.

From Wildlife Extra:

Wicken Fen complete natural history goes omline [sic]

08/04/2009 00:32:34

Wicken Fen set for wildlife first on the web

Britain’s best documented and most species-rich nature reserve, Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, has published an online archive of 56,000 records dating back to the 1820s.

More than 7,400 species

The archive includes records of more than 7,400 different species over a 180 year period and this is the most comprehensive collection of natural history information for a single site. Developed by the National Biodiversity Network, the archive will enable wildlife enthusiasts to access maps and records about Wicken Fen at the click of a mouse. …

The most diverse group of species is not the plants or birds, but the invertebrates and especially the insects. Three groups of insects each have over 1000 species, the flies (1,893 species), the beetles (1,527 species) and the moths (1,083 species).

These three groups alone make up more than 56 per cent of all the species found at Wicken Fen. When all of the records from Wicken Fen have been added, and once classifications are complete, this will take the total number of species found here to more than 8,100 species.

Stuart Warrington added: “Just a short distance from Cambridge, Wicken Fen has a prodigious list of rare species from plants such as the Great Fen Sedge, Fen Violet and Whorled Water-Milfoil to birds including the Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo. Perhaps even more impressive is that there are over 600 insect species at Wicken that are listed as nationally endangered, rare or scarce in the UK Red Data Books.”

May 2010. Local bird watchers have recently reported sightings of rare wading birds including avocet, temminck’s stint and whimbrel on the National Trust’s Tubney Fen (Part of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve), near Reach in Cambridgeshire: here.

Guardian: Studying dung on the Wicken Fen: here.

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, will be holding a Dragonfly Discovery Day on Saturday 11 June to officially launch National Dragonfly Week (11 – 19 June): here.

Woodland birds get a lift in Newcastle: here.

RSPB Ouse Fen, otherwise known as The Hanson – RSPB wetland project, has been nominated as ‘Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve’ in the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. RSPB is BirdLife in the UK: here.