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Swan deaths escalate in Rogaland. A tough winter takes its toll. The long period of subzero temperatures has claimed several victims amongst this year’s migratory birds. Experts say 50 Whooper-swans have died due to food shortages recently. “Whooper-swans can cope with the cold, but they need food,” Knut Henrik Dagestad at the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (Statens naturoppsyn) tells Stavanger Aftenblad.

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Swan deaths escalate in Rogaland

Published on Friday, 12th March, 2010 at 13:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A tough winter takes its toll.

Whooper-swan
Whooper-swan
Photo: Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de/Wikim


The long period of subzero temperatures has claimed several victims amongst this year’s migratory birds. Experts say 50 Whooper-swans have died due to food shortages recently.

“Whooper-swans can cope with the cold, but they need food,” Knut Henrik Dagestad at the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (Statens naturoppsyn) tells Stavanger Aftenblad.

But Dagestad and his colleagues have managed to keep the death toll down by feeding them grain and stale bread. Over 130 at a time have been observed at the feeding stations around Orrevatnet.

“The weakest birds were so starved, that they ate the food we’d put out only a few metres away from where we were.”

However, it looks as though the mild weather has given the swans a reprieve, as there are signs that they are finding food elsewhere. According to Dagestad, they’ve become much shyer recently.

“It’s a good sign,” he says.



Published on Friday, 12th March, 2010 at 13:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: winter, rogaland, whooper-swans, deaths, food, shortage, orrevatnet, jaeren.





  
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