Sad News Indeed - 25th May 2010

For those who call in to read our blog from time to time will know we have a local quarry where we have reported having seen Peregrine. Although their mention has become scarce of late we have continued to watch the area along with several other birders as the pair sat on their eggs for at least 4 weeks. On Friday the 14th May the eggs hatched which was great news for both the pair and the birders who had watched over the area. Last night (24th May) I received an email from Bill Gregory stating that that Richard Todd had called in as usual in the morning only to find the chicks gone presumed stolen. I cannot describe the disgust I feel for those responsible for such actions and cannot comprehend why someone would want to take these beautiful birds from our local skies. I can only hope that the peregrine will breed again in the area, if not this year then next when I’m sure a full time watch will be organised so such a thing will not be allowed to happen again.

Those responsible for the disappearance will probably not be caught and if so not punished enough for this crime (cliff face and push spring to mind). If anyone does have any information about the disappearance I would advise them to contact PC Duncan Thomas Lancashire Constabulary's full time wildlife officer on 0845 125354

Photograph courtesy of Chris Rae

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Having watched the birds myself here in what appeared to be a relatively safe site, I'm extremely saddened with the outcome. I just hope that someone has relevant information and that the culprits are caught and dealt with severely. I'm sorry for the dedicated few who have spent much of their time watching the site but most of all I'm sorry for the birds themselves. Mike.

Stu said...

That's terrible.

Rob said...

Hi Derek , thats terrible news , there used to be a site in kent for breeding Marsh Warblers and there nests were raided by egg collectors back in 2003 and sadly they never returned , i truely hope your Peregrines do return and the people who did this do get caught

Derek Gallagher said...

Thank you for your comments. I'll post any news about the Peregrine as I get it. I did read 3 Peregrine chicks were taken from a nest site near to Bolton the week before. On this occasion they left one chick behind.

Derek

fat paul said...

Bastards

String 'em up.

Derek B said...

As an ex pat brigger (and old friend of Stu) I can only guess at the location of the nest but like you, I just wish that those scum bags had fallen off the cliff