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Italian Sparrow, Venice

Ten years ago in the southern Venetian Lagoon my 790th world species was Italian sparrow [...]

Heard but Not Seen

Cissbury Ring, West Sussex held calling quail. I was on my visit to Steyning. [...]

Dead Bird News

The latest is again murderous Malta, killing spoonbills this time. Just before that, rare whooping cranes are being shot in the southern USA. That’s what happens when ignorant rednecks get hold of guns.

No, expand that thought: the Department of Agriculture (or is it the Fish and Wildlife Service? How these people love to hide behind their meaningless, anodyne titles) slaughters millions of birds in the USA every year, without bothering more…

Voluntary Jobs

Here’s my latest post on the ChatterBirds blog: all the way from still sat in front of your computer (or whatever device you use to read this) to confronting the guns of Malta. Tweet

Corn Bunting, Dyrham Park

Not quite on the National Trust estate but by the road down to Marshfield, which is their local stronghold. [...]

No Swallows at Tyntesfield

Nor anywhere near me so far but some are back: both Bristol and Clevedon message boards have reported them. [...]

Reservoir Cats

The Private Eye of birding blogs has come up with a couple of classics lately – one about sheep farmers and a later post sensitively sympathising with my favourite bête noir, the fucking Maltese. Tweet

Scotland the...

It seems to be the only bit of the UK with regular red kite poisoning. [...]

Robins Fly to Malta

Perhaps they just wanted to tweet “Fuck you” to the hunters and trappers. [...]