Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

If you could be a bird for one day, which bird would you be and why? A King­fisher, they are so pretty and al­ways seem busy Sarah Hall A hum­ming­bird be­cause they are beau­ti­ful Mar­garet Sa­muel Puffin, then ev­ery­one would say ‘isn’t she cute’ Carol Beck­ett The re­cent an­nounce­ment that the Haweswa­ter Golden Ea­gle was prob­a­bly dead is a dread­ful in­dict­ment of the man­age­ment of this species. There have been nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions on which the RSPB has said that they couldn’t man­age the area specif­i­cally for one species, even though that was Eng­land’s rarest species. I also know of no proof that the ea­gle is dead, only that it’s miss­ing, so why be so neg­a­tive? But this isn’t sim­ply a lo­cal prob­lem. In 2008, a doc­u­ment en­ti­tled ‘A con­ser­va­tion frame­work for the Golden Ea­gle in Scot­land’ was pub­lished and in 2014 the re­port ‘Golden Ea­gles in the south of Scot­land: an over­view’ was pub­lished. Golden Ea­gles don’t recog­nise na­tional bound­aries so why didn’t these stud­ies in­clude the north of Eng­land? Why does pos­i­tive man­age­ment of the Golden Ea­gle stop at the Eng­land/scot­land bor­der? Dave Walker, Cum­bria (au­thor of Call of the Ea­gle) Hav­ing just read Bo’s ar­ti­cle in the May is­sue of Bird Watch­ing, I can con­firm it’s all true. Can’t re­mem­ber the Red-backed Shrike though, never seen one in Eng­land. I do re­mem­ber Wry­necks in and around Ayles­ford. Now, no more, alas. Like so much else. Steve Lea

A Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker. I’d look in the mir­ror and ac­tu­ally see they do ex­ist, I’ve never seen one Gra­ham Powell A Cor­morant so I could sun my­self at the sea­side all day Chris Mcwillis

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