BUZZARD ON SHERIFFMUIR WAS ‘INTENTIONALLY’ POSOINED

Tests on a bird of prey found dead on Sheriffmuir, near Stirling, have revealed that the animal was poisoned.

A buzzard
The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September

The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September.

Police said they were treating the incident as an “intentional killing” after tests proved the bird had ingested poison.

They have appealed to visitors to the Ochil Hills and the Sheriffmuir area to contact them if they have any information about the killing.

Police Insp Gerry McMenemy said:

“The buzzard was found by a member of the public and subsequent investigations proved the bird had been killed by ingestion of poison.

“We are treating the incident as an intentional killing of a protected bird and are appealing for anyone who has any information that may be relevant to this crime to contact us.”

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Swan Diary #9 – Herons

 

PHOTOS

Bike next to Pond

The day started well as I was cycling along the dirt path on my journey to the pond, a young Rabbit cut across the path.The weather was a vast improvement of the past few days as blue skies were appearing in early morning.

Sparrow on fence

As I got nearer the pond I spotted a few Sparrows look for food in the nearby field, so I stopped and took some photos.

Swallows and Sand Martins on telephone wires

All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while

Sand Martins

 The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.

3 Herons in the field

I was amazed to see, at first two Herons in the far field, until I scanned the horizon and then I counted three, then as I scanned left and right I spotted another two .That was five altogether, I,ve only ever seen one on various rivers.

Gulls on fence near far pool

Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.

Moorhen feeding chick

As I threw some food to the Moorhen I watched it swim to the far reeds to pass it on to one of its chicks.

Moorhen Chick

The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds

Buzzard

As I cycled home , again (like last week) I came across a Buzzard on some telephone wires. I stopped and took out my binoculars and watched fascinated, as it dropped into the field, out of sight for a moment, then taking flight with a vole in its clutches.

Buzzard

 

Dramatic footage shows buzzard snatching osprey chick from its nest

An osprey chick being snatched from its nest by a buzzard has been captured in dramatic video footage.

The clipshows the chick’s mother flying away from the nest and a buzzard swooping in.

Rural businessowner Euan Webster saw the chick being taken by the buzzard at his property Lochter in Aberdeenshire. The chick was one of two that had hatched at the nest.

The half eaten carcass of the osprey chick was recovered near the nest earlier this week and it was confirmed on Wednesday that it is to be handed over to SASA (Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture, the ScottishGovernment laboratories) for proper analysis.

Mr Webster has 24/7 video surveillance on the nest for both wildlife watching for the enjoyment of the public in addition to protecting the rare ospreys.

He said: “This was a shocking act and clearly demonstrates why something needs to be done to control buzzards. It cannot be right that the buzzard remains protected yet they swarm over the countryside in large numbers eating prey, including iconic and beautiful birds such as ospreys, at will.

“Any farmer or shepherd will tell you about the threat from buzzards yet the powers that be are reluctant to face up to the fact that sooner rather than later measures have to put in place to control them. This incident should sound alarm bells among those who care about the conservation of our rarer wild birds such as ospreys in Scotland.

“As a former chairman of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Grampian regional group I am an enthusiastic believer in balanced and managed conservation. I know research by the trust is suggesting buzzards are active predators that may well be affecting conservation of birds in some parts of Scotland.

“However, I was not prepared to have buzzards active predatory behaviours so clearly demonstrated right under my nose. It would be a great shame if we could not find a way to reduce the very clear predation pressure from this now ubiquitous predator.”

Buzzard numbers have been growing steadily since the 1980s and numbers in Scotland are now at record levels.

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land and Estates, said: “While previous reports of such predation have been brushed off by those who do not like the reality of what is happening in the countryside, this video provides the sad but clear and conclusive evidence of the serious impact that this growing population of buzzards is now having.

“The time has surely come for common sense to prevail and for measures to be introduced to be able to properly protect these wild birds and other species that we value so highly. The need to strike a proper balance is now well overdue.”

Swan Diary #5

WEEK 5

The Pond was brimming with wildlife this morning, the Cygnets were looking even bigger than last week and there feathers are showing the first signs of going white. The Ducks are about the same size as the adults and I was finding difficulty telling the adults from the young.

I think the Coots have lost their eggs as they spent the whole time I was there,foraging for food, I could’nt spot the Pochard but the Heron was on the far side, taking it easy in the sun.

I could hear a Buzzard above me, so I got out the binoculars and spotted a crow chasing it into the trees away in the distance. Managed to get a few pics of the Damselflies that were at the side of the pond.