News The steller sea eagle can be 8ft in wing-span

Sea eagle, which has an 8ft wingspan, disappeared on Saturday

Wimbledon 'breaking law by killing pigeons'

There were ruffled feathers and no small amount of flapping at the world's most genteel tennis tournament yesterday after a threat of legal action from animal rights lobbyists over the culling of pigeons that had the temerity to bother some players.

Wimbledon Diary: McEnroe eager for spot of doubles with Henman

*Tim Henman yesterday gave a solid first-day performance in his transition from playing for a living to talking for his tea. If he'd mirrored his playing style, he would have started well, wobbled a bit and then pulled through, while assorted thousands sat on a hill pulling out their hair shouting "Not again." But, he was fine. And John McEnroe is certainly looking forward to working with Tim on commentary. "I think that could be a good combination," he told The Independent. Any advice for Tim? "Be yourself? I think I was a certain way on the court and people saw a different side of me. He's a certain way on the court, but I've seen a side of him that he should be showing on the commentary. I think that you'll see that: that wry sense of humour that he is capable of, that he wasn't able to share on the court the same way." So then, corsets at the ready. It should be side-splitting stuff from here on in. But will Mac the Mouth actually ever let Timbo near the mic? "Occasionally."

The Hacker: It's lambs to the slaughter as the shank contagion keeps spreading

Tales of shankers' woes have been pouring in since I dwelt last week on the dreaded act of hitting the ball sideways. It's bad luck even to mention the word and, sure enough, I did one myself last weekend – on Captain's Day of all days.

Louise Erdrich: Secrets in the Indian file

Her acclaimed fiction remembers the drama and tragedy of the Native American past. Louise Erdrich's latest novel, she tells John Freeman, is about memory itself

Legends in their own lunchtime: Skye Gyngell prepares a meal fit for the world's greatest chefs

It's the ultimate challenge: create a celebratory meal for the finest chefs on the planet. Luckily, says Skye Gyngell, Fergus Henderson, of London's St John, was more than up to the task – and with these recipes you could be too

Preview: Animal Magic, Eleven Fine Art, London

An exhibition that really gets under the skin

Stuffed quail in broth

Serves 4

The sound of silence: Britain's lost birds

The woodlands of Britain are becoming quieter every year, as native birds fail to reproduce and migrants don’t return. What exactly is going on? Michael McCarthy investigates

Sharp decline in sightings of garden birds

The number of birds seen in British gardens has fallen sharply during the past four years as a result of warmer winters and a long-term decline in their populations, according to a survey published today.

The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, by Frances Wilson

The true story of the mouse and the turtle dove

Janet Street-Porter: Not every mother is from Middle England

A couple of days ago, a conference of headteachers expressed concern that schools were having to instill moral values in their pupils – particularly those from working-class families. A generation ago, parents were happy to set rules and discipline their children, but now increasing numbers of teachers are finding they have to assume this role, as school provides the only stable element in many children's lives.

Kempton: Brave Walsh delivers Post on Gungadu despite back injury

Nicholls' winner is not Cheltenham-bound but two hurdlers enhance their Festival hopes

Monarch of the kitchen: Meat doesn't come much more ethical than organically reared venison

Sophie Morris follows Britain's most pampered herd from pasture to plate

Watch the birdies: Which exotic visitors will you spot in your back garden?

As the RSPB gears up for its annual Big Birdwatch, Simon Usborne looks out for some of the more exotic visitors you may spot in your back garden
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