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650. Dispatches from within the Wild Bird Risk Area (WBRA)

6 April 2006 - Day 1

The H5N1 WBRA perimeter has been established, taking in all of Fife and much of Angus and Kincardineshire, and the local population has been reassured that there is no danger. It is now clear that birds only fly north and east, as it has been deemed unnecessary to extend the zone to include Edinburgh and the East Lothian coast - despite these places being closer to ground zero (Cellardykes) than Dundee, Forfar or Stonehaven. Nevertheless, there have been numerous reported sightings of wild birds throughout the WBRA. Some of the younger residents of Angus's coastal, riverside and lochside settlements have been seen throwing projectiles - thought to be stones and old irn bru cans - at any swan, goose, duck or seagull they come across. It would appear that most of the wild birds are taking it in their stride, a fine display of the Dunkirk Spirit if ever there was one. Some rumours persist, however, that the seagulls that nest near Dundee's Riverside Recycling Centre and those that have formed a colony at City Quay (near HMS Unicorn) are becoming aggressive - although whether this represents a change from their normal demeanour remains unclear. One unconfirmed report states that the mute swans at Clatto Reservoir have been swimming close to the jetty and spitting at innocent passers-by who get too close to the cygnets. Ducks, on the other hand, have been very inconspicuous of late, perhaps fearing persecution from human tormentors instead of the usual slices of stale Kingsmill and Hovis. People have been advised to stay away from the geese at Monikie, and no doubt the geese will be very pleased to have some time to themselves. Our correspondent passed by an RSPB nature reserve yesterday and noted that the coots and other ducks were spending an inordinate amount of time under water - perhaps they were seeking food, perhaps they were up to some nefarious purpose - only time will tell, but it is perhaps more prudent to assume the former. All seems quite quiet in the WBRA's back gardens, with reports reaching us that the usual blackbird, thrush and sparrow dawn chorus failed to arrive - or at least failed to awaken our correspondent - although it is suspected that that failure was probably due our correspondent's consumption of two lagers and a whisky, a large pepperoni pizza and a video that lasted until 2am. Our surveillance team had no difficulty encountering pigeons ostentatiously eating discarded cardboard well within the WBRA (see photo), which serves as a timely reminder of both the wild bird community's reach and their lack of concern for our health and safety. Our team witnessed two citizens being advised in the strongest possible terms by a hi-visibility jacket clad police constable not to feed the pigeons. It is our intention today to reconnoitre the area immediately surrounding Clatto Reservoir and observe the behaviour of the ducks, geese and swans that make their home there. Look out for more dispatches from within the WBRA.

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Stu10-Apr-2006 23:14
Just eat it and hope for the best.
Ray :)10-Apr-2006 22:57
I saw a dead chicken in my fridge today - should I be worried? ;-)
Herb 07-Apr-2006 15:23
Guest 07-Apr-2006 12:25
Looking forward to day 2 and subsequent reports . . . .
SRW07-Apr-2006 12:10
Wonderful... -- both the photo and the commentary...!
(They'll have us wearing gas masks, next... ;-)
suse07-Apr-2006 11:44
Great insight, Stu. Keep us posted.