Hundreds of racing pigeons have mysteriously disappeared throughout Scotland over the last few days.
The Scottish Borders is one of the worst areas affected with only 13 birds returning out of 232 from a recent race from Yorkshire.
Some fanciers are now speaking about stopping flying the birds until it is established why so many are going missing.
Ian Noble is the President of the Scottish Homing Union said:
Homing pigeons can travel from up to 400 miles away in a single day - using magnetic fields as well as sight for navigation. But scientists believe solar winds - known as Coronal Mass Ejection - can distort magnetic fields during certain weather systems.Racing pigeons cost from £20 to £1000 a time and fanciers from all over the country are counting the cost.