Avian Bird Flu 2017/18

Avian Flu

Here is the latest advice for reporting possible incidents of avian flu.  Please report any incidents directly to DEFRA.

The virus has not yet been reported in the UK and the risk level for an incursion in wild birds remains as medium for now. However in light of the outbreaks in Europe, birders should remain vigilant for dead birds and report these where required. In England, Scotland or Wales please call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

Current advice on the DEFRA website states that they require reports of any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), gulls or birds of prey. For all other species, please only report if five or more are found in the same place.

Helpline staff will advise on whether or not they wish to collect the birds for further testing.

We are advised only to touch sick or dead birds if absolutely necessary and one must wear protective gloves if doing so.

 

If you absolutely have to handle a sick or dead bird then please observe the following:

  • Avoid touching the bird with your bare hands.
  • If disposable gloves are not available, a plastic bag can be used as a make-shift glove. When the dead bird has been picked up, turn the bag back on itself and tie.
  • Care should be taken not to contaminate the outside of the bag. Tie the bag and place it in a second plastic bag.
  • Hands and forearms should then be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • If the bird is not being sent for testing, dispose of the carcass in the normal household waste. Alternatively, the dead bird can be buried, but not in a plastic bag.
  • Wash any clothing that has been in contact with the dead bird using ordinary washing detergent at the temperature normally used for washing the clothing. Clean wellington boots with detergent.
  • DO NOT bring dead or sick birds indoors or attempt euthanasia of sick birds

 

Members of the public are advised not to touch sick or dead wild birds.

Saturday 16th December 2017

Avian Flu: Here is the latest advice for reporting possible incidents of avian flu.  Please report any incidents directly to DEFRA. The virus has not yet been reported in the UK and the risk level for an incursion in wild birds remains as medium for now. However in light of the outbreaks in Europe, birders should remain vigilant for dead birds and report these where required. Please call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Current advice on the DEFRA website states that they require reports of any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), gulls or birds of prey. For all other species, please only report if five or more are found in the same place. Helpline staff will advise on whether or not they wish to collect the birds for further testing. Members of the public are advised not to touch sick or dead wild birds.  Only touch sick or dead birds if absolutely necessary and one must wear protective gloves if doing so. 

Late news, 15/12, Camel Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Goosander and 800+ Golden Plover on Dinham Flats. (C Selway)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still.

Whipsiderry: 6 Corn Bunting in fields above beach, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Men-an-Tol/Watch Croft: 40+ Starling, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Snipe. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 1 Woodcock, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Pheasant, 5 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 1 Wren and 1 Stonechat late afternoon to dusk. (DK Parker)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, (D. Eva, D Chaney ) 1 Tawny Owl (D Eva )

College Reservoir: 90 Tufted Duck, 66 Wigeon, 1f Gadwall, 1f Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 56 Coot (D Eva, D Chaney) Also 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (1 tristis type). (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Pintail, 1 imm. drake Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Pochard (D Eva ) Also 4 Pintail (2f, 2 imm m), 4 Pochard, 1 imm m Scaup, 5 Goldeneye (1m 4f), 39 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper (below the dam), 2 Firecrest (1 Southern Hide, 1 NE corner), 13 Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Stonechat,1 Grey Wagtail, 2 imm Herring Gull successfully begging food from an adult Herring Gull. (D Chaney)

Penzance: 1 probable Pacific Diver off Jubilee Pool late morning. Also 15+ Purple Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 50+ Turnstone at Battery Rocks; 2+ Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 drk Eider offshore. Also 1 Firecrest on outskirt of harbour car park. (R Veal) Penzance, Lidden area: 1 Black Redstart on rooftop. (T Mills)

Purple Sandpiper, Reuben Veal

Purple Sandpiper, Reuben Veal

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 3+ Chiffchaff (2 tristis-type), 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 m Blackcap, 2+ Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 8 Common Scoter flew past (L Proctor, T Mills) Also 1 Redshank in harbour. (T Mills)

Chiffchaff, Tony Mills

Chiffchaff, Tony Mills

Plain-an-Gwarry: 2 Mistle Thrush, c50 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Jay and 1 Goldcrest. (DK Parker)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron. 2 Cormorant, 30 Goosander 11m 19f, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Greenfinch. (R Mudge)

Newquay, Towan Head: 10 Common Gull feeding on the surface of the sea, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart behind pumping station. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: subadult Caspian Gull (presumed 4th winter) with adult plumage but some dark marks near bill tip. (S Rowe, D Nicholson) Also a sub-ad Lesser Black-backed x Herring hybrid. (D Nicholson) Also Spoonbill still present at 10:45. (M Costa)

Caspian Gull, Dean Nicholson

Caspian Gull, Steve Rowe

Marazion: 23 Common Scoter, 5 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 7 Water Rail (5 seen, 2 heard), 7 Goldcrest (6 at s end), 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Long-tailed Tit. Swanpool Beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore. (D Chaney) Castle Beach: 1 Redshank, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, 4 Black Redstart (1M + 3F-type)along with the usual suspects: 12 Turnstone, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 16 Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail on Castle Beach. (J Irvine)

St Merryn: 30+ Fieldfare overhead at 14:30. (R Hughes)

Helston Boating Lake: 23 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 21 Moorhen, 20 Canada Geese, 1m Gadwall. (G Adams)

Gadwall, Greg Adams

Windmill Farm: 1 Firecrest, 1 Wigeon, 3 Snipe this afternoon. (D Wright)

Mousehole: Black Redstart around the harbour.

Praa Sands: Firecrest in private garden.

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 6 Snipe, 5 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Downderry: 1 Slavonian Grebe this morning. (A Payne)

Cawsand: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Great Northern Diver this afternoon. (A Payne)

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