Spring migration is always quick-fire and I always end up with a phot backlog so I’m posting as I go along for now. Friday May-10, 2019 was a bit of a write-off day for us really. We were in Halifax in the morning and then heading home in steady rain. The downturn in the weather meant that our birding options would be limited, so we had a wander along Quinn’s Falls Road at Clyde River, on the off-chance of a new arrival. We were fairly lucky in that we found a few birds out and about including first of the season Ovenbird and Magnolia Warbler. Unfortunately the weather was shite for photography.
Today May-11, 2019 dawned still wet, and heavy with fog. Undeterred I headed for Kenney Road again hoping a few of the commoner summer visitors that seemed to have arrived elsewhere. I had some luck, especially with a superb Blackburnian Warbler that followed a few Yellow-rumped Warblers around the small wood on the ocean side. Also in there was a Nashville and Black-and-White Warbler but no sign of the recent Yellow-throated Warbler from the last post.
Over the course of the morning the fog slowly cleared and the skies became blue but the wind also came along, just to take the edge off a nice day, weather-wise.
A few days ago the people who are responsible for managing Point Pleasant Park in Halifax announced a wholesale clear out of trees, 80% no less, the work to be a summer job. It subsequently had to be pointed out to them that the Migratory Bird Treaty didn’t allow the wanton destruction of the nests of breeding birds, although pulp seem to get away with it. You’d think that the people with the responsibility for natural spaces like PPP would have some idea that birds would be breeding and how immoral (and illegal) it would be to kill the nestlings. Now that they have had it pointed out to them the work has been deferred until the autumn.
You’d also have thought that the environmental impact assessment that they surely commissioned before announcing such a major project would have helped them out too, or am I being naïve in assuming they did have one? This type of thing is just typical of the way we manage our resources. Mackerel are down 88% so we allow the building of a new Mackerel trap to catch what’s left. Herring are well and truly screwed, so they just advise people that they won’t be able to buy Herring with a little blue symbol on the package saying that they are sourced from a viable population (because there isn’t one) anymore. They should be suspending all Mackerel and Herring fishing until the populations become viable but will they, will they fuck!
As a species we have some very difficult decisions to make in the next ten years, not 50, ten! Precipitating the unviability of any species on economic grounds is not good enough. You know it, they know it but will the management, i.e., the Government, do what is necessary? No, of course not, we are so, so screwed!