Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Forum rules
Same as all HTUK forums, be courteous, polite and tolerant, remember everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if you don't agree with it ;)
Post Reply
huporhaha

Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by huporhaha » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:00 pm

We found this poor casualty today beside our lane. Obviously it must have caught a glancing blow from a (rare) passing vehicle. We will bury him/her tomorrow. It is a shame as there would appear to be only around 1000 calling males in the UK now, mostly in the western isles.......
Attachments
DSCN3113 copy.jpg
DSCN3114 copy.jpg

Clive60

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by Clive60 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:16 pm

Very sad, once a common sound in the British countryside, up until the 60's

kata

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by kata » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:21 pm

Poor little bird!!

:(

User avatar
cheshirepalms
Posts: 858
Joined: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:43 pm
Location: Ellesmere Port, Mersey estuary, Cheshire 53.2N 2.8W
Contact:

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by cheshirepalms » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:16 pm

I think hedgehogs are a much bigger threat than vehicles, there are next to no roads and plenty of predatory hedgehogs.

Conifers
Posts: 13147
Joined: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:11 pm
Location: Northumbs

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by Conifers » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:27 pm

:x
huporhaha wrote: We will bury him/her tomorrow.
Nope, don't bury it, send it to a museum - they'll be very keen to have it for various studies.

huporhaha

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by huporhaha » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:32 am

Conifers wrote::x
huporhaha wrote: We will bury him/her tomorrow.
Nope, don't bury it, send it to a museum - they'll be very keen to have it for various studies.
I thought about that too Conifers - it was perfect - must have suffered internal injuries or a broken neck. I have tried contacting the RSPB who are only interested when they are alive. I'm not into taxidermy but I must admit that even in death it is a beautiful bird. It has been in a cardboard box in the shed all morning. I'll try and see if there is anywhere that will take it.

fieldfest

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by fieldfest » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:43 am

burying is a bit of a waste, im sure there are other birds or mammals that could make a meal of it

Conifers
Posts: 13147
Joined: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:11 pm
Location: Northumbs

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by Conifers » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:44 pm

Some useful info on what to do here.

huporhaha

Re: Sad day for the corncrake population in Western Scotland

Post by huporhaha » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:24 pm

Thanks Conifers - it is getting a bit high. Have not dared freeze it and guess what - our fridge has broken down. Neighbours have all seen it - Gairloch museum can't take it.......... Thanks again.

Post Reply