Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Canada Goose, Branta canadendus , enigma

In last autumn I had been at one of my favourite spots along the bay, when I heard a lot of noise and saw a of Geese arriving and spotted them landing onto a small island. It was too far off to see properly, and I was unsure which specie or how many had arrived. I've not seen any migrant Geese this far south in the past 28 years, so it did surprise me.
I tried returning to the spot, after Jean, who used to be my homehelp, reported seeing someone feeding a Canada Goose and a Swan on the grassy outcrop across from the island. Other things on my mind-like a first Christmas on my own, the scare of those first anniversaries coming up, and absolutely horrific weather most of the time, kept me from going back. I was underway many times, but either the rain or too little charge of my batteries, sent me home again!
On the 23rd of January I had a nice ride, and managed to get to the outcrop. A Canada Goose plus Mute Swan, alright. It was feeding right next to the road, which made me think that I would get no photos here; these Geese are quite skittish of people. Stopping well before its position, I took these photos. Which was not easy as there was lots of greenery between us.

It almost looked as if it was a domestic bird. Also, they usually feed in flocks, I think?
All a bid odd. Yet I had heard and seen Geese landing on the island. And I'd never seen it here before. And neither had Jean, who passes the spot everyday.

I have to ask BirdwatchIreland about this. Have they had any reports about a flock this far south?

Two male Mallards, in different stages of their moult, were too busy preening for a few poses, while the Hooded Crow was very happy to give me its best side.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Missing migrants

I know it is still winter, (although the Irish Spring starts in a week already, on the first of February.

Even so, I do think we need to take time out to think about those birds which will start their flight north, to be arriving in Europe around March and April.

Many will go missing along the line though. And end up on the dinner table in some Cypriot household, or restaurant. It is the Cyprus equivalent of African Bushmeat, really.

Twice a year, thousands of conservation activists will travel to Cyprus to protest against this ruthless killing of "our" birds. NGO's across Europe, spend millions on bird conservation. Including those birds which come to our shores for their breeding.
And yet, while we are creating suitable breeding habitats, others are setting up mistnets, limesticks, and other incredible cruel traps in feeding areas, in order to capture those innocvent lives.

Each year, millions of migrants go missing on their to- and return- trek to and from Africa.

And despite birdtrapping being declared illegal by the Cypriot and Europan Parlaiment, the poaching continues.

Please read this on the Birdlife Europe website, and sign the petition against the trapping of those poor migrants.
The birds need to migrate due to their diet. During our winter months, You don't find many Insects here in Europe
Please read this, and watch the video at the bottom of the page. Here we
Or if you direct want to go the petition,
Call for action against illegal bird trapping in Cyprus Petition | GoPetition

The migrants to our shores will fly via a different route. Many favour a more direct flight over the Shara and the Rock of Gibraltar, and Spain. Even so, I am still concerned about those Birds which will be captured in a few months time.

is a report on the migration of Garden Warblers.

I'd better try again to get some sleep. It being in the middle of the night.