Osprey nest chain sawed down

Seems like they need extra monitoring cameras to check approaches to the nest. Though all the moron would have to do would be wear a mask - but there might be some data gained from it.
But seriously.....what is their problem?
 
I'm assuming these people are after the eggs. Despite it being illegal, there still some selfish fanatics out there only interested in their absurd habit of collecting eggs.

It reminds me of my childhood in the 1970s. I met this other boy on our street who said he had something to show me. We went to his home where, under his bed, he kept a large box filled with bird egg, all nestled in cotton wool. He was so proud of his collection but I never saw the point in it. Then, he produced an egg that he'd taken from a nest that day and demonstrated 'blowing' it. I just shrugged and went off to play football with some of the other kids. Utterly pointless in my opinion.

I don't know if it was illegal back then but, if it was, I was too young to know about such things. I wouldn't hesitate to call the police on anybody who showed me an egg collection today.
 
I've been wondering whether wrapping sheet metal around the wooden posts to above head height and really solidly nailing it in would stop a chain saw. Or indeed lots of screws, screwed in and the head damaged to stop them being unscrewed. It is hard to think of something effective that could be put into place during the nesting season without upsetting the occupants of the nest.
 
I'm assuming these people are after the eggs. Despite it being illegal, there still some selfish fanatics out there only interested in their absurd habit of collecting eggs.

It reminds me of my childhood in the 1970s. I met this other boy on our street who said he had something to show me. We went to his home where, under his bed, he kept a large box filled with bird egg, all nestled in cotton wool. He was so proud of his collection but I never saw the point in it. Then, he produced an egg that he'd taken from a nest that day and demonstrated 'blowing' it. I just shrugged and went off to play football with some of the other kids. Utterly pointless in my opinion.

I don't know if it was illegal back then but, if it was, I was too young to know about such things. I wouldn't hesitate to call the police on anybody who showed me an egg collection today.

At school in the mid '70s, an acquaintance had an extensive collection of eggs, actually lending them to a museum. He excused this - highly illegal - practise by claiming they belonged to his grandfather.
 
It was destroyed after only one egg was laid. The coverage I've read tends to suggest fishermen as the ones with the most likely perceived grievance against the birds.
I believe fishermen were the reason they were wiped out in the UK in the first place. The nerve of those birds having the audacity to eat fish...how dare they. And as for those seals, who do they think they are eating all our fish........
 
Sigh.
The modern movement on foraging worries me. In some ways it is a good idea, being aware of local countryside foods, but I've seen stuff posted about "get there before the birds do!". Yeah, do that, the birds can always go down the shops when you've eaten the berries yourself....

Now if the modern foraging movement was emphasising planting lots of berry rich plants with a nice range of fruiting times......
 
Sad-sad story.

I posted a link last year to a WWF osprey-cam set up in Eastern Finland. It's running this year too - a mamma, a poppa and two eggs inhabit the nest.

There's sound for the first time this year! The birds' cries are pretty awesome, CC

 
We have a pair of resident swans in the pond across the road from me. They are almost tame because people feed them regularly. If you go near them, they'll come right up to you because they've equated humans with food. I could easily see somebody able to pull this stunt on one of them.

The only time to stay clear of them is when they have youngsters (which will be soon). Last year they had seven and all survived - their best result in a while, but they did manage to stop the traffic one day when the whole family went for a stroll.
 
I've been wondering whether wrapping sheet metal around the wooden posts to above head height and really solidly nailing it in would stop a chain saw. Or indeed lots of screws, screwed in and the head damaged to stop them being unscrewed. It is hard to think of something effective that could be put into place during the nesting season without upsetting the occupants of the nest.
Unbelievable, pig-ignorant morons.

On second thoughts, apologies to all pigs. They should never be compared to lifeforms much lower than them in the intelligence scale.
Agreed. Pigs are nice.
 
But never forget: they can break your arm with one blow of a wing... ;)
I do make an effort to feed them in harsh winters but tend not to in milder weather. I also keep my distance when doing so. They’re big birds and not to be trifled with:)
 
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