For Europe’s Environmental Stewardship, a Man From Malta?

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Malta, you might recall, has the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for illegal hunting of protected birds. Meanwhile, back in Malta, the carnage appears to be continuing. BirdLife Malta posted about the suspected shooting of a Short-toed Eagle. News Birdlife Malta european union illegal hunting Malta short-toed eagle Whether this ends up as a colossally bad decision remains to be seen.

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Hunters in Malta Still Killing Birds

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Though calling them hunters is too nice. Maybe jerks with guns ? Asides

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What is the National Bird of Sweden?

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Sweden is one of at least three countries that has a thrush as the national bird (Malta and Costa Rica do as well), but Sweden is the only country to have so honored Turdus merula. *In The national bird of Sweden is the Blackbird Turdus merula , otherwise known as the Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird , though, of course, in Sweden it is not known by any of those names but as Koltrast.* The Blackbird became the Swedish national bird as a result of a newspaper poll in 1962.

The Black Album: Black Birders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-tailed Godwits, Black Flamingos, and more

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Someone better tell that flamingo not to stay put and avoid Malta, where voters narrowly rejected a ban on hunting migratory birds. News Barn Owl Berlin black birders black-tailed godwit blackpoll warbler bryan’s shearwater common redpoll crowdfunding flamingos Frankfurt hammerkop Hawaii Hoary Redpoll Jonathan Franzen Malta Seattle the birds weather

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Birding the Cyclades: My my, how can I resist you?

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Tha dropping numbers are suspected in Greece and Croatia, and confirmed in Italy, France and Malta. I am half-awake, but keep my eyes closed. Listening to the wheeping of stays and shrouds and screeching of fenders against the next sailboat, I do not want to wake up. Still, we are sailing out of the marina soon and I should have some coffee before that. We are in the village of Finikas on the island of Syros in the Cyclades archipelago of Greece.

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