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, 22 February 2013

Tropical bird thriving on LI after Atlantic water rescue

Originally published: February 15, 2013 5:18 PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 5:24 PM


This Purple Gallinule tropical marsh bird that spends the summer months in the southernmost portion of the United States, and the rest of the year in Central and South America, was plucked from the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, 75 miles south of Nantucket, Mass. by the crew of the commercial fishing vessel "Bookie" on Jan. 16. Frank Green of Oakdale was part of the crew and brought the bird to the Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays where the bird is recovering, and awaiting transport back to a warmer climate to be released. (Feb. 14, 2013)

Photo credit: Doug Kuntz |

The Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays is nurturing back to health a wayward tropical bird fished out of the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Purple Gallinule, a marsh bird ordinarily associated with areas much further south, was chomping on live crickets at the center Friday after a rescue at sea one month ago by a Long Island fisherman.

Found Jan. 16 struggling in the waters...

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