These are the shocking scenes after 15 beautiful swans were electrocuted after they crashed into overhead wires in Carrigans.The carcasses of the Whooper Swans were found underneath electricity lines close to the village.BirdWatch Ireland has expressed its concerns at the deaths of the birds. A member of the public out walking found the birds yesterday.BirdWatch Ireland staff member Daniel Moloney travelled to the scene, in the company of local National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Lee McDaid.They confirmed that the swans had collided with the wires in flight and that the cause of the birds’ deaths was electrocution.A high proportion of the swans that were killed were juvenile birds, just a few months old. Another dead Whooper Swan.It appears that the deaths were the result of multiple separate collisions with the electricity wires over a period of several weeks.Some of the birds were freshly dead, while others showed varying levels of decomposition, indicating that they had died on various different occasions.BirdWatch Ireland is very worried that Whooper Swans will continue to be electrocuted at this site in the days and weeks to come unless urgent action is taken.It has contacted the ESB to inform it of the problem and to recommend that immediate measures be put in place to prevent further collisions.The wires in question are fitted with “deflectors” which are supposed to make them more visible to flying birds, but evidently these do not appear to be working satisfactorily in this case. Indeed, several of these deflector devices have been knocked off the wires due to the swan collisions, further reducing the visibility of the wires.Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland said: “It is very concerning that these migratory Whooper Swans have been electrocuted in Carrigans, especially in such large numbers.“Ireland hosts internationally important numbers of Whooper Swans each autumn and winter, and it has a special responsibility to conserve and protect them. We sincerely hope that measures can be put in place to prevent further swan deaths as soon as possible.”Some of the many species of birds in fields at Carrigans.Shocking images show how overhead wires killed 15 swans was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Birdwatch IrelandCarriganselectricityWhooper Swanswires
Anirban Lahiri, who felt he was overdue for a low score, shot a 66 to trail American co-leaders Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe by a stroke after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.On a cool and breezy day when defending champion Rory McIlroy battled for a 73, India’s Lahiri enjoyed a flawless six-birdie performance on a damp Quail Hollow course on Thursday.”Anytime you have a bogey-free card, it’s fantastic,” said Lahiri, who played in slightly tougher morning conditions. “I’ve played mediocre or average golf the last few months. I definitely feel like I should be competing more consistently.””The stuff my coach and I worked on after the Masters, when I took a couple of weeks off, it’s beginning to come together … I feel like my game’s gotten better every week.”Lahiri, ranked 55th in the world and playing in his first full season on the PGA Tour, is the top-ranked Indian and excited at the prospect of representing his country at the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics.The Olympics is the last thing on the mind of Loupe and Wheatcroft, both non-winners on tour, who took different routes to carding a seven-under-par 65 in the afternoon.Though Wheatcroft is the shorter hitter of the two, he had two eagles, holing out from 40 yards at the par-five fifth, and almost holing his second shot at the par-five 10th.McIlroy could have used some similar magic. A day after celebrating his 27th birthday, he plunged to four over after playing the more difficult back nine first, but he improved on the inward half.advertisement”It sort of was a tale of two nines,” the Northern Irishman said. “I’ve been working a lot on the range and I was still in range mode on the front nine. I didn’t have my scoring head on.”McIlroy and the other members of his group, American Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, had a bizarre experience on the sixth hole when a member of the gallery threw a golf ball onto the tee.”Yeah, it was sort of weird,” McIlroy said. “That’s never really happened to me before.”It was a golf ball with an ear plug stuck on it, so it was sort of strange. Charlotte’s finest (police officers) sorted it out and got him off the property, thankfully.”
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