Three shot protected birds recovered, including one in Gozo – BirdLife
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BirdLife Malta said that it has received the first illegally shot protected birds since the start of spring, including one from Gozo.
BLM were called to recover three injured birds which, following an examination by the government vet, were all confirmed as being shot.
All three birds were found by members of the public. BirdLife said that on Saturday, a member of the public recovered a Marsh Harrier (Baghdan Ahmar in Maltese) from the area known as In-Nuffara in Gozo. The female harrier had a broken right wing.Also on Saturday a Common Kestrel (Spanjulett) was recovered in Birgu. BLM said that “it looked clear that the male Kestrel had sustained a gunshot injury to its left wing.”
In less than 24 hours another report came in from Marsaskala where a member of the public had found an injured Scopoli’s Shearwater (Ciefa) swimming among the boats in the water.BirdLife Malta said that in this case “it was clear that the bird was shot out at sea but despite its grievous injury – a completely blasted right wing – managed to swim into the bay from where it was rescued.”
BirdLife stated that “whilst these are the first three shot birds to be recovered this spring, we had previously received another three protected birds which also ended up being targeted by illegal hunting during the closed season.”
Another Common Kestrel was recovered from Bahar ic-Caghaq on the 6th of March while two Black-headed Gulls were recovered from Salina two days before. BirdLife added that “all three were found dead and the vet confirmed that they had been shot.”
Photos – BirdLife Malta. Video footage by Jose Luque Montero and Steph Leow. Editing by Nathaniel Attard.