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.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Bird report alarms experts


Decline seen in state's flying-insect-eating species
BY LAURESHA XHIHANI REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN 

A new report from the Connecticut Audubon Society raises the alarm about birds that feed on flying insects.

The report, released by the society on Friday, notes a dramatic drop in the populations of about 17 species of birds, all of which survive by capturing flying insects while airborne.

Birds who feed on these insects include chimney swifts, purple martins, whip-poor-wills and barn swallows -- all of which have seen long-term population declines dating back to 1966, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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