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Good great egret and eagle news


This is a video from Finland, about a great egret at a river in winter. The river is surrounded by ice and snow, but it still flows; a bit similar to the river of the dipper nest I saw in Finland.

Warden Hans Breeveld reports today from Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

There are 171 great egret nests.

This spring, there is at least one eaglet in the sea eagle nest.

Versatile Blogger Award, thank you Erika!


Versatile Blogger Award

Erika of the blog Author Erika Kind has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogging friend!

Here are the rules:

• First of all, give the link and name of the blogger who nominated you, in your post.
• Secondly, tell 7 facts about yourself.
• Lastly, nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

Here are seven things about myself:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from so far today?

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Jamaica FlagJamaica 81
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 30
Australia FlagAustralia 22
Germany FlagGermany 12
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 10
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 8
Liechtenstein FlagLiechtenstein 7
Canada FlagCanada 7
France FlagFrance 5
India FlagIndia 3
Bahrain FlagBahrain 3
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 3

2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this month?

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 8,180
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,672
Jamaica FlagJamaica 620
Canada FlagCanada 492
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Germany FlagGermany 382
Australia FlagAustralia 374
France FlagFrance 354
India FlagIndia 201
Greece FlagGreece 166
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 140
European Union FlagEuropean Union 124
Romania FlagRomania 113
Norway FlagNorway 108
Spain FlagSpain 105
Italy FlagItaly 92
Ireland FlagIreland 76
Belgium FlagBelgium 74
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 72
Japan FlagJapan 72

3. Why do I, when asked to tell seven things about myself in an award nomination blog post, often have statistics of my blog?

Because the national flags of the various countries where visits come from make the blog post colourful. And because these statistics are always different from earlier statistics.

4. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 63
Fukushima disaster killing dolphins 17
British secret police spying on trade unionists, parliament for Rupert Murdoch 17
Poverty in Britain 12
Entangled humpback whale saved in South Africa 12
Big anti-ISIS, anti-dictatorship demonstration in Ethiopia 11
Impressionism and business at the London National Gallery 10
British poetess Judi Sutherland about blogging 10
How marsh harrier William lives 10
Medicinal leech swims, video 9

5. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 1,834
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 339
Most hated animals top 50 161
Poverty in Britain 129
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 118
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 101
About 92
European bison, short-eared owl and woodlarks 83
Belgian fascist suspect of Brabant massacres 82
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 67
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 56
Ethiopian dictatorship violence against anti-ISIS demonstrators 55
700 refugees drown, European politicians guilty 53
Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to you all! 53
Monsanto’s RoundUp banned in the Netherlands in 2015 53
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 53
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 50
Will US soldier escape punishment for rape of Dutch girl? 50

6. Which search engine search terms brought most people to my blog this quarter?

Search Terms for 90 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

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egyptian sarcophagus 17
bijju animal 9
gender inequality statistics 8
stork webcams 7
snake in mauritius 7

7. Which referrers brought most visits to my blog this month?

Referrer Views
Search Engines 7,891
Facebook 296
WordPress.com Reader 151
widgets.wp.com 88
topix.com 56
Reddit 54
WordPress Dashboard 43
Twitter 36
decorrespondent.nl 18
typepad.com 17
theobamacrat.com 15
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 14
hrexach.wordpress.com 12
perfumepolytechnic.wordpress.com 11
topix.net 10
gayinthe80s.com 9
sdbast.wordpress.com 8

My fifteen nominees are:

1. clarepollard

2. quercuscommunity

3. peaches and poppycock

4. merlinspielen

5. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

6. Blu Chicken Ninja

7. Luc Dewaele

8. Miss Ayo Délé

9. Deconstructing Myths

10. mihran Kalaydjian

11. Friendly Fairy Tales

12. Game Addicts Central

13. Oscar Relentos

14. Maria Luisa Marcelino

15. Track

British great cormorants, don’t kill them


This is a great cormorant video.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Shoot’em first no questions asked

Friday 24th April 2015

Anglers’ concerns over cormorants depleting fish stocks are self-serving and disingenuous. PETER FROST explains

Forty years ago walking beside a lake at Rickmansworth in north London and a long way from the sea I spotted a black heron shaped bird. The only thing similar I could find in my bird book was indeed a black heron.

A native of Africa, this very rare bird had only been seen once or twice in Britain. Even I realised my identification was probably way off beam.

A wiser and more experienced bird-watcher friend soon put me right. This rare visitor to an inland lake was a cormorant.

I knew more about cormorants in China than I did in Britain. Chinese fisher-folk used this skilful fishing bird to catch fish for them. The tame birds are fitted with a neck ring to stop them swallowing the bigger fish they catch.

Like many other birds cormorant behaviour had changed dramatically over recent decades.

In Britain the cormorant was almost exclusively a coastal breeder until 1981, when an inland tree-nesting colony became established at Abberton reservoir in Essex.

This colony was later found to comprise of cormorants of a continental sub-species.

By 2012 cormorants have bred at 89 inland sites in England, although breeding at many of these sites was of a single nest or was only for a year or two.

As cormorants moved inland anglers have been pressing the government to do something about the birds.

Most anglers now believe that cormorant numbers are now out of control. Many groups, including the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association, are lobbying the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to control fish-eating birds.

They want the law changed so that cormorants can be killed under a general licence, similar to those issued for the control of crows or wood pigeons.

The complaint is that current licences allow holders to kill only a handful of birds a year — not nearly enough when inland cormorant numbers over winter have increased from around 2,000 in the early 1980s to nearly 25,000 today.

But allowing cormorants to be culled like crows has alarmed naturalists and bird watchers.

“This would be a new departure,” said Grahame Madge of the RSPB. “It would be the first time a provision had been made to cull a species for sport.

“The population of cormorants is far lower than wood pigeons, which are almost in their millions. If it were introduced, it would be difficult to monitor how many cormorants were being killed and it could result in the population being reduced.”

The RSPB is instead calling for anglers and fisheries owners to use non-lethal tactics to protect fish stocks.

Why have the cormorants moved inland? One theory is that commercial inshore overfishing has depleted fish stocks. Some say they have been lured inland by the many trout farms that offer cormorants free dinners.

The migration inland has also affected the birds’ diet.

A adult cormorant needs around 300g (10oz) of sea fish a day. But freshwater fish are less fatty, meaning a bird will need to consume around double this amount.

The number of cormorants that can be legally killed a year has been increased from 500 to 3,000, a level that troubles the RSPB, which disputes claims the birds are responsible for a significant decline in river fish.

“If there are cormorants at a site, most naturalists would say that means there are fish there,” Madge said. “If they were eating all the fish, they would decline in numbers.

“There is no science to back up claims the situation is getting worse, but anglers want to reach for the shotgun.”

Historically, the cormorant population in Britain has been kept at a low level due to persecution by humans and through reduced breeding resulting from pesticide pollution. Today rivers and other inland waters are far less polluted.

Following protective legislation against persecution in Denmark and Holland in the 1960s, the European population increased rapidly and continental birds started to extend their wintering range into Britain and Ireland.

Research has found that the timing of breeding between the inland and coastal breeding birds is very different.

Coastal birds breed within a very narrow period, with all chicks all hatching at a similar time.

In contrast, inland cormorants have a long breeding season. The large difference in timing of breeding within an inland colony means that competition for food when chicks are large is reduced.

Fukushima disaster killing dolphins


This video from Japan says about itself:

Fukushima Update -150 Dolphins Dead After Beaching Themselves in Japan

11 April 2015

Beached dolphins in Japan were found covering a six-mile stretch of beach in the Ibaraki region Friday morning. Nearly 150 of the cetacean mammals had beached themselves in the Ibaraki Prefecture along the eastern coast of the main island of Honshu. Less than one third of the dolphins were rescued.

This video says these beached animals were melon-headed whales.

By Royce Christyn:

Dead Dolphins In Fukushima Stranding Found With White Radiated Lungs

1 week ago

Japanese scientists are saying they have never seen anything like what they discovered after autopsying a massive group of dolphins that ended up dead after being discovered stranded on a beach near the site of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Their lungs were white, which, according to scientists is an indication of loss of blood flow to the organs which is an indication of radiation poisoning.

The translated article comes from EneNews.