22nd June 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

//22nd June 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

22nd June 2016 – Birds in the news this week!

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Kent Online    22nd June 2016

Pedestrians have been warned not to approach the nest in Ashford's Edinburgh Road car park


Ashford has some cute new residents after a pair of newly hatched chicks were seen on the top floor of a town centre car park.

Last month we reported how motorists had been warned not to disturb nesting herring gulls on the upper floor of the council-run venue in Edinburgh Road, Ashford.

Herring_Gull_and_chickCouncil workers set up cones and put up warning signs around the birds, which could not be removed because they are a protected species.

Now it appears the eggs have hatched. It is believed two chicks hatched late last week.

The chicks' parents are now guarding their offspring, getting very agitated when any pedestrians go anywhere near the nest.

Kentish Express wildlife expert Owen Leyshon, from the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, advised people not to pick up any chicks as the parents will often be flying overhead nearby. He added that the best thing to do would be to leave them well alone.

And it appears they could be there for some time yet as experts say seagull chicks are dependent on their parents for the first three months.

By then, the fledglings would be able to feed themselves, although parents may continue to care for fledglings until they are six months old.

BBC South Wales     22nd June 2016

Project to count storm petrels off Pembrokeshire coast


A hunt to find a mysterious and rare seabird is set to start off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

Conservationists will search Skokholm and Skomer islands for the storm petrel - the UK's smallest seabird.

storm petrelThey hope to complete a census of the "Quarry" on Skokholm, which is the largest breeding colony in England and Wales.

Warden Richard Brown said the work would be "challenging" and required "careful planning".

The project forms part of the national seabird census.

Storm petrels are notoriously difficult to count but it is thought about 5,000 of the birds breed on Skokholm Island - up to 20% of Europe's breeding population - and a few hundred on Skomer.

Vicky Taylor, who is volunteering to count the birds, said: "We play the sound of a singing storm petrel to a likely nest site and if there's a bird in there it often calls back.

"It's supposed to sound like a fairy being sick but I think it's more like a purring cat with the hiccups."

The distinctive "musty, oily" smell of storm petrels can also reveal a nest, she said.

The project is being carried out by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and the University of Gloucestershire, with funding and support from Natural Resources Wales.


Herring gull and chick (top)     Storm Petrel (bottom)


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