– How do birds react during a storm?
“Depending on the species, birds react differently. Some species are “adapted” to confront strong winds, such as shearwaters (seabirds). Others have difficulty resisting the vagaries of the weather. This is the case, for example, of ducks, geese, passerines or linnets. When the storm blows, seabirds often find themselves trapped, condemned to wait for it to calm down. They are therefore prevented from diving into the sea to catch their prey. If the episode lasts too long, they may starve. »
– How do they protect themselves?
“There are two strategies: either the bird takes shelter from the weather, without moving, waiting for the storm to pass; or he moves to circumvent his route. »
– What are the consequences for the birds in the region? Were there any deaths?
“It’s a bit too early to tell. According to the first observations, we did not find dozens of dead birds on the beaches of the coast.
On the other hand, our coasts – the beaches of Boulonnais – are currently affected by an episode of pollution. Many oil pellets, abandoned by the tide, were found there (the origin of this pollution remains unknown). Several birds were found dead on the beaches. »
– What should we do if we find an injured bird?
“If you find a bird in bad shape on your way, catch it – preferably with gloves – and put it in a box. You can take him to the Calais Animal Protection League (LPA). It is the only wildlife care center in the region. If the person who discovers the injured animal does not know how to react, or cannot take it to the Calaisis LPA themselves, they can contact the SOS Faune sauvage network. A network of volunteer dispatchers and partner veterinarians (created by LPO Pas-de-Calais in December 2018) that rescues wild animals in distress to give them the best chance of survival. »
SOS Wildlife – tel. : 07 72 22 51 40.