Red kites in Scotland have started their own blog….sort of.
In a fascinating new project, the information provided by satellite tags fitted to red kites is being interpreted and transposed by a computer programme and then automatically published in the form of a blog post on the project website.
The project, called ‘Blogging Birds’, is a collaboration between scientists at the RSPB and computer geek types at the University of Aberdeen. It’s brilliant! At the moment there are four red kites ‘blogging’ – you can read about their daily and weekly movements and view maps to see where they’ve been. Take note, English Nature, this is the level of information you could / should be providing about tagged hen harriers instead of just giving us a wall of silence.
Check out the Blogging Birds website here. You’ll notice that all four of the current kites have been flying dangerously close to some well-known persecution blackspots. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could automatically blog “Help! I’ve been poisoned! I’ve been shot! I’m caught inside a crow cage trap and there’s a man approaching with a shotgun in his hand! I’m caught by the leg in an illegally set trap and I’m about to have my head smashed in by a man with a shinty stick!”.
Kudos to the organisations and individuals involved – the more the public can see what happens to these birds, the better.