Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Øygarden 21 February 2012 - Spring?

Glorious weather - clear and calm.

With many birds singing or otherwise advetising territory, snowdrops in flower and bulbs beginning to show there was a decidedly spring-like feel today.

Best bird was a Peregrine vandrefalk at Hjelme Vest, otherwise just the usual - Black Guillemot teist etc.

A Fieldfare gråtrost at Sæle along with singing Robins rødstrupe but nothing unusual.

On a darker note the regulatory plan for Tjeldstø arrived in the postbox today. One area where a number of red data species breed is paradoxically now dependent on the high voltage line that goes through it....Better to lose the odd bird to collision than build a load of new houses which will permanently destroy prime breeding habitat whilst simultaneously bringing more cats nearer the breeding birds. Tough choice.

Yet another example of wildlife being ignored - despite informing the decision makers of the value of the area. What does it actually take to protect good areas I wonder....

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