Heading off to roost now, my friends. Many thanks for all the posts, pics, and vids today everyone. Goodnight to Odin, EJ, Courage, and Wisdom. Rest In Peace and play in fun, Bravery. We won't forget you.
Happy and peaceful watching everyone :-)
Excellent summary Heron on a difficult day
Night night Paul, thanks for the summary, which I'm just about to read!
Just started on todays thread - all
A well-done summary, Paul. I know I couldn't have done it. You gave it justice and dignity.
Here's the thread Lynette began for Monday.
Hi folks, this is understandably a very emotive issue. We appreciate that not everyone shares our views all of the time, and ask you to respect that too - this is a community to share enthusiasm for nature and helping to protect it. Please do not use it to air claims of personal or organisational grievance. In accordance with this and to get the thread back on topic, please note that some posts on this thread have either been edited or deleted.
I would also wholly recommend reading Richard's blog post here.
Thanks you Mrs T Hoping that this will calm things down now, yes it is upsetting but if we choose to watch these wonderful birds we must accept the bad news when it comes. Did not like to see the RSPB being under so much criticism, you all do a wonderful job.
I don't normally comment here ~ I only just about have time to read the blog. But I looked at the start of this thread and wondered how would I find Heron's summary of yesterday's events? I think it may help me find closure. This is only my third year watching these incredible creatures ~ 2010 we were hooked when we arrived at LG the day the third chick hatched, then followed its progress to fledging. This year has been a shock, especially as Chick 3 appeared to be such a fiesty young thing, finding ingenious ways to join in the feeding ~ I find it hard to comprehend/come to terms with the events that have unfolded. I know this is nature in the raw, but I'm inclined to agree with Keith Stewart on Page 2 of yesterday's blog..........
Thanks for listening ~ Leen
Hi Leen. I don't comment much here, either, but I do read everything. I know exactly what you mean about finding closure. I have only been watching these birds since last year, as it is only in the last couple of years that we have had time for any kind of birdwatching. Immediately we fell in love with raptors. So, what happened yesterday hung so heavily upon me, and I for one needed to in some way clear my thoughts, and find a way through it. What we witnessed was upsetting in the extreme, and indeed, I did try to see this as nature in the raw, and to remember that these are wild birds. It did not take the deep grief and shock away though, at what had happened, and I wondered how many times this does happen, without us ever knowing about it. It did give rise to some very deep thoughts on the nature of a lot of things, including ourselves as human beings.
I too would like to know where Heron's summary thread is. I see some more posts have come in whilst I was writing this one, so maybe the answer is contained within them. Thanks all.
Here is Paul's summary for this day's events.