The first signs of an extraordinary movement came with sightings in
Dutch ornithologist Arnoud van den Berg told Birdwatch that this morning a flock of 50-60 Griffons had been reported over Gilze-Rijen, Noord-Brabant, with another 18 over Schoondijke,
The appearance of vultures well north of their southern European breeding ranges has become a feature of recent years, with The Netherlands,
The reasons for the movements are unclear, though one possible factor is food shortages in the Spanish Pyrenees. It is now illegal for animals carcasses to be left out in the countryside in
With record numbers of Griffon Vultures now at large just across the North Sea, it will be interesting to see whether any make it across the water to reinstate the species on the British List – the sole record, of two birds in Derbyshire in 1927, was removed by the British Ornithologists’ Union’s Records Committee back in October 1999 (more details here).
Photo: Griffon Vulture by Dominic Mitchell