Reward for catching bird criminal in England


This video is about a marsh harrier and its nest.

From Raptor Politics in Britain:

The Eastern Daily Press offers £1,000 reward to catch egg thief who raided marsh harrier’s nest at Guist, near Fakenham in Norfolk

Police say an unknown number of eggs were taken from the site, on the marsh off Bridge Road, on Sunday, May 10. There are around 380 breeding pairs of marsh harriers in the UK.

Most nest in East Anglia, with dense reedbeds on the Norfolk Broads, north Norfolk coast and Ouse Washes among their strongholds.

Feeding on small mammals and birds which live around the wetlands, harriers carry out low-level swoops of their hunting grounds, with their wings held in a distinctive ‘V’ shape.

They are famed for their aerobatic courtship displays carried out in spring, when the male and female birds soar and loop around each other, sometimes throwing items of food in mid-air.

While it is impossible to put a precise figure on the birds’ value to our tourism industry, tens of thousands visit Norfolk from across the UK and further afield each year to see our county’s rich birdlife, including marsh harriers.

Pete Waters, brand manager for Visit Norfolk, said: “Norfolk has an enviable position as being the birdwatching capital of the UK and incidents like this can only damage our reputation.”

Marsh harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Mark Thomas, senior investigations officer with the RSPB, said: “Marsh harriers lay between three and five eggs on the ground, usually in a reedbed or among tall vegetation.

“Whoever has taken them is clearly someone who’s been watching the birds. My understanding is it’s a bird which had only been sitting on eggs for a short time. It’s a species which has been targeted before. We’re all on high alert.”

Up to 300 illegal collectors are believed to be active in the UK, with eggs from rare species highly-prized. They “blow” their booty using small drills before displaying them in cabinets.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover said the newspaper would offer a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief.

“These people damage our wildlife and tourism business just so they can admire something in private. It shows the sort of individuals they are,” he said.

Norfolk is one of the once-rare harrier’s strongholds, with nature lovers flocking to bird reserves like the RSPB’s Titchwell Marsh, near Hunstanton, to see the birds.

Pete Waters, brand manager at Visit Norfolk, said: “Norfolk has an enviable position as being the bird watching capital of the UK and incidence like this can only damage our reputation.”

•Anyone with information should call PC Jason Pegden, at Norfolk police, on 101.

This article written by Chris Bishop was first published by the Eastern Daily Press.

You can read the Norfolk Constabulary Press Release here.

May 14th, 2015

Stone curlew nest camera in England


This video from England says about itself:

Weeting Heath stone curlew nest camera

13 May 2015

Part of the Wings over the Brecks project.

From the Watton & Swaffham Times in England about this:

Stone curlew secrets to be revealed after live streaming nest camera set up

17:39 13 May 2015

Andrew Fitchett

The secrets of one of the country’s most elusive birds will be revealed for the first time after a live video stream was set up and opened to visitors.

Nature lovers will be able to get a long-awaited glimpse of the iconic stone curlew thanks to the Wings over the Brecks project after it set up a nest camera to record the bird’s activities.

The project, a partnership scheme between the Forestry Commission, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), aims to show people the secret lives of five of the rarest birds of the Brecks’ heathland and forest: woodlark, stone curlew, nightjar, hobby and goshawk.

The stone curlew live stream will be shown at several locations, including in the cafe at High Lodge, at Weeting Heath and on roaming displays in town centres including Thetford and Brandon.

Sammy Fraser, RSPB Community Engagement Officer, said it was hoped the project would put the Brecks in the spotlight.

“So much of the Brecks is protected for rare species such as the stone curlew but until now hardly anyone got to see them,” she said.

“Showing live footage from the nest of a rare bird like a stone curlew allows people to get closer to these amazing animals than they ever would have otherwise.

“We hope it will inspire local people and visitors to the Brecks with what a fantastic landscape we have here, both for people and wildlife.”

A special event is being held to launch the second live stone curlew nest camera footage on Monday May 25 (Bank Holiday) at High Lodge.

Talks by the project team and guided walks will take place from 11am to 1pm followed by a buffet lunch, with bookings for this being taken on 01842 753732 or thebrecks@rspb.org.uk.

From 1pm to 4pm families will be able to enjoy outdoor activities, including a bird ringing demonstration, bug hunting and nature detective trail. And keen birders and families will have the chance to see the project species and explore the habitats they are found in.

A programme of public events is planned over the lifespan of the project and will provide people with the opportunity to explore the Brecks and its wildlife.

Wings over the Brecks are looking for people to join their team of volunteers at High Lodge and Weeting Heath, helping visitors find out more about the project species and get involved in the projects event programme.

Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch on 01842 753732 or email thebrecks@rspb.org.uk.

Wings over the Brecks is a 3 year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is one of 37 Breaking New Ground landscape partnership scheme projects.

Bird news from Norfolk, England


This video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Ring Ouzel and Blackbird

With Ring Ouzel migration about to reach its peak this wonderful thrush can turn up almost anywhere. Check out the latest identification video to help separate this species from Blackbird, both on the ground, in flight and by song.

From Penny’s Hot Birding and Life blog in England:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ring Ouzel at Felbrigg Hall NT.
Ring Ouzel at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Tree Pipit at West Runton.
Spoonbill at Thornham Marsh, viewed from Titchwell RSPB.
Black Redstart at Breydon Water.
Ring Ouzels x 6 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Ring Ouzel at Weybourne.
Black Redstart at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Common Cranes x 2 flew west at 11.15am over Cromer.
Common Cranes x 2 flew NW at 10.30am over Happisburgh.
Ring Ouzel at Happisburgh.
Common Cranes x 2 flew SW at 11.40am over Sheringham.
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Sidestrand.
Ring Ouzel north of Choseley Drying Barns.
Garganey at Welney WWT.
Ring Ouzels x 3 at Roydon Common.
Black Redstarts, Little Terns x 4 at Overstrand.
Green-winged Teal, Red-crested Pochards x 5 at Titchwell RSPB.
Glaucous Gull at Cromer.
Ring Ouzel at Trimingham.

MEGA NEWS!

MEGA! HARLEQUIN DUCK still, Aberdeen, Highland, Scotland.

Snow bunting, firecrests in Wales


This video is about snow buntings wintering in Norfolk, England.

RSPB Conwy nature reserve in Wales reports on Twitter that today, they have seen a snow bunting there.

This video is called BTO Bird ID – Goldcrest & Firecrest.

They have seen two firecrests as well.

Rare great knot in England


This is a great knot video.

From Wildlife Extra:

Extremely rare bird draws a huge crowd in Norfolk

A great knot, a small wader you might normally expect to see in Australia, drew around 400 ardent birdwatchers to the Breydon Water estuary near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk this week.

The species has only been seen three times before in the UK – first in Shetland in 1989, then on Teeside in 1996 and, most recently, at Skippool in Lancashire in 2004.

Most of the latter sightings were so distant, however, that that bird was nicknamed the ‘great dot’.

Great knots breed in the tundra of Siberia and winter on the coasts of southern Asia and Australia, travelling between the two in large flocks. Somewhere on its migration, this bird strayed off course, lost its companions and ended up in East Anglia.

Like other calidrids, such as sandpipers, stints and dunlin, the great knot probes mudflats and beaches with its sensitive bill searching for mollusc prey. This specialised bill contains numerous nerve-endings known as Herbst corpuscles to enable the bird to sense the tiny movements of prey buried in the wet mud.

This particular great knot, oblivious to its legions of admirers behind rows of telescopes, enjoyed the delicacies of Norfolk coastal mud for a few days before moving on.