Birds in the news 4

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Birds in the news 4

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Each week we will be featuring amazing news stories from all corners of the British Isles and around the world about birds in the news. To read the full news story just click on the URL address below each title.

Thursday 9th April 

Eastern Daily Press

The birds are back! - Winged visitors return to Norfolk and Suffolk from Africa

Barn_SwallowThe darlings of an English spring and summer – graceful swallows – have started to arrive back in East Anglia after a perilous journey from Africa.

The first contingent of migratory birds, including swallows, sand martins and chiff-chaffs, have flown into the region, delighting birdwatchers. They were a few weeks later than expected due to easterly and northerly winds. There have been sightings of swallows in the area since mid March, including at Titchwell Marsh near King’s Lynn and RSPB Minsmere, south of Southwold in Suffolk. They are being seen in ones and twos, but nature groups are expecting a flood of larger numbers of them later this week.

Thursday 9th April 

CTV News     Birds struggling to survive the Maritimes' snow-covered spring

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/birds-struggling-to-survive-the-maritimes-snow-covered-spring-1.2318863

Atlantic Canadians endured record-breaking amounts of snowfall this winter that is refusing to melt away. Now, it's migratory birds that are struggling, as they return home to find the frozen, snowy ground blocking their access to food.

AmericanwoodcockZoologist Andrew Hebda, at the Nova Scotia Museum, says several species of birds are struggling because of the snow.

"Under normal circumstances, by the end of March to the beginning of May, we're getting a lot more heat, we're getting a lot less snow," he says. "And of course that opens up a lot more habitats for animals to forage."

But this year, birds such as robins and American woodcocks are having a hard time finding soft, moist earth where they can hunt for worms and insects, says Hebda.

"Ultimately, for them to survive and thrive, they require their principal food, which is insects, and for the woodcocks worms they find in leaf litter," he says.

Other stories making the news! 

9th Minnesota turkey farm hit by deadly bird flu

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/299083771.html

Future oil production sites threaten seabirds off the shore of Senegal

http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/future-oil-production-sites-threaten-seabirds-shore-senegal

 

Each week there are hundreds of amazing stories about birds. If you read or hear about a story that we have not featured then please e-mail us immediately.

 

 

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