We saw a lot of the police this morning.
Watching over a valley that resembled war torn Bosnia, gunshots going off like fireworks, we spotted a dead bird on the ground a few fields away. It was upside down and impossible to identify. But we thought it looked bigger than the pretend decoy Turtle dove on a stick above it. Fiona thought it could be a Kestrel, I thought Cuckoo. Luckily the police drove by on patrol, and offered to go take a proper look. It was a Turtle dove. No laws broken.
However, they are only allowed to kill/bag two per season each. And the police officers ensured he registered this kill. So, he can legally only kill one more dove or Quail. But will he register his second kill, or just carry on?
Next, we returned to the trapping site of yesterday. As soon as we arrived Fiona heard an Ortolan bunting calling. Caller recording or live caged bird? Both are illegal. Police were called. They arrived quickly. Up on a bank, overlooking the plot, Fiona and five policeman. Two trappers came out of their hides/sheds and tried to rush to clear away evidence. This confirmed their guilt and so the cops rushed in.
They had nets out and a caged live Quail (there to lure other birds in). Illegal. Caught in the act. Woop woop!
Unfortunately the cops didn’t think to check the aviaries for any illegal/threatened species. So more effort will be needed to find the bunting. Let’s hope it can be free soon.
We saw lots of Pied flycatcher, one Roller, and sadly a caged greenfinch. It’s cage not much bigger than the bird.
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