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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Loch Garten ospreys live Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's interesting how these things go... They've supposedly returned to Galloway (which I've heard one person say is to the Highlands what Kernow is to Cymru), but the locals there say they never left. I bet some Cornish locals probably maintain that the chough never left Cornwall either.
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Must say from what I have learnt here of certain associations and trusts I wouldn't put anything past them...

Haven't heard that the choughs were still here, what I do know is that the wild ones returned at the time the Stannary were taking their EH case to court...

When we moved down to the Lizard, the very first time we went for a walk on the cliffs we saw and photographed a pair of choughs, I phoned Paradise Park (nice people) who breed choughs, they confirmed that the pair we saw were in fact not breed in captivity, and also they had no rings on there legs...

The best bit is! a few months later I stood on a cliff down Kynance cove (Lizard) looked up as six black birds circled above my head, quite high, I though, those crows have red bills (blonde moment) it was them choughs with their fully fledged young, no photo this time but felt well honoured Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid question, but are choughs mainly seabirds/coastal birds? If so, that's unusual for crows.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they are cliff dwellers, they died out because of the changes in farming, they feed on dung beetles of cattle, sheep, ponies etc- the last one lived near Newquay in the 40's/50's...

It is said that King Arthur was transformed into a chough when he died, the red feet and beak representing his violent, bloody end. see here

Choughs have good taste, they frequent Celtic lands...

on the RSBP website it says....

"Currently, there are thought to be around 500 pairs of the birds, mostly in Wales and on some of the western Scottish islands such as Islay. They are also present on the Isle of Man and in Ireland and Brittany."
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