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Robin Nests on a Bicycle, Bird Flu in Europe, and Protecting Penguins’ Nesting Grounds | WBW S2 E17

Welcome to another episode of The Weekly Bird Wrap by Neil Hermes where I recap some of the most amazing stories and facts about birds across the nation and from all over the world! 🌍

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This week, I’m covering three amaze-wing stories for you.

 

A Robin Nesting On A Bicycle

A family of robins has set up a new home in a bicycle in a photographer’s garden.

Sarita White, from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, said the vintage bike was normally used as a prop in her wedding shoots so it wasn’t used daily. But she and her husband found five eggs, which have since hatched, inside the nest in the basket.

 

Bird Flu in Europe

Europe faces the largest bird flu epidemic ever in the midst of Covid19. More importantly, the end of the bird flu epidemic is not yet in sight.

The spread of bird flu has raised concern among governments and the poultry industry due to the ravages it can cause to flocks, potential trade restrictions, and the risk of human transmission.

Avian flu is widespread and no longer as seasonal as it once seemed.

 

Protecting Penguins’ Nesting Grounds

Phillip Island is home to Australia’s largest colony of Little Penguins, with over 32,000 breeding penguins found on the Summerland Peninsula. The Little Penguin is not only the smallest of all penguins weighing around 1kg but also the only penguin with blue and white feathers.

Little Penguins face a range of threats, in both the marine and terrestrial environment. One of them is the coastal weed called sea spurge, which threatens the nesting sites of the Little Penguins. 

Thankfully, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) researchers have found that the fungus, Venturia paralias, specifically attacks these seaweeds. 

Now, the fungus has been approved by the Australian government. CSIRO and Parks Victoria are set to release Venturia paralias in hopes of controlling the invasive weeds’ proliferation.

 

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