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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'

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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 ?

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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 In different parts of Sweden there are different regional names including Svarttrast, Svartstare, Gråstare, Svartklera, Buskstare, Solsvärta, and Muskvipa.

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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. In the IUCN Red List, it is listed as vulnerable because of the high mortality of nestlings that become victims to rats and of adults that end up as a fishery bycatch. But, the Yelkouan Shearwater is also a lifer for me!

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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. What kind of miscreant kicks a Barn Owl in mid-flight? An infomercial king who’s probably going to jail. Cyprus count yields a rarity: an almost all-black flamingo.

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