Monday, June 19, 2006
A cautionary tale
I have already written about this sad event on the yahoo group Cambirds. Accidents to birds involving binder twine are not uncommon. It's doubtful if we could persuade all users of binder twine to dispose of it safely, but it would be a good start if we as individuals picked up any we find lying around and wrap it before disposing of it in the bin.
The Swifts were found by my colleague, Bill Murrells, while he was doing some maintenance work on Witcham Parish Church. From their desiccated state, it is clear that they were long dead, probably strangled when they tried to pick some strands from a heap taken into a nest cavity by nearby Starlings.
I have found a Little Owl and Barn Owlets in a similar plight. So, please, if you see binder twine, pick it up and dispose of it safely.