Dead buzzard found with beak bound
A buzzard may have starved to death after its beak was bound, Derbyshire Police have said.
The dead bird was found on land near the village of Turnditch.
Derbyshire Police said they are investigating after the bird was found with its beak apparently bound.
The bird appeared to have had a hole forced through its beak which had then been bound closed with twine.
Wildlife crime officers from the force are working with the RSPB to investigate the circumstances surrounding the bird's death.
Swooping starlings captured in Leamington Spa
ITV News Central viewer Dave Atkinson, has captured on video a flock of starlings in Leamington Spa.
The natural 'black cloud' is considered by RSPB as 'are one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles.'
Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings turn the sky black around the UK. The birds come together in huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison.
The gathering and swooping of starlings is known as a 'murmuration'.
Starlings join forces for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as falcons find it hard to target one bird amidst a hypnotising flock of thousands.
Starlings also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.
How you can help the declining bird population in your area
A new report out today by the RSPB says there has been a huge decline in our bird population.
But here are some ways you can help the bird population in your very own back garden.
Leave food and water out for the birds.
Plant trees and berry bearing bushes as well as nectar rich trees.
Plant trees and shurbs that will attract insects as this helps the entire eco-system in the garden.
Get involved by carrying out surveys in your area, find out more on the RSPB website.