As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 15 February 2013

'Bird Man' of Newbury Street Feeds Sparrows During Blizzard

Paul Magla has been caring for the flock for years.

While Bostonians were dipping into the groceries they stocked up in advance of Fridays blizzard, other Back Bay denizens knew to head to Paul Magla for a bite during the storm. 

“I whistle and they come,” Magla told WBZ-TV of the flock of sparrows he's been tending to for the past 10 years. On Saturday morning, he found them waiting for him on his balcony.

"Because I’ve been doing it for years, so I figure even when it snows I'd come out and do it," he said. 

With their food covered in snow, they headed for Magla's place for some whole-wheat bread, and maybe some warmth.  

“Usually they don’t sit on [my] hand as much, but because it’s cold, they are,” Magla said. See the video here

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