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.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Wildcat camera trap in Sutherland snaps White's thrush

A camera set up to capture images of Scottish wildcats in Sutherland has photographed a bird species rarely seen in Scotland. 

The White's thrush breeds mainly in Siberia and Asia. 

It was photographed by a camera trap set by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), part of Oxford University's Zoology Department. 

The unit said it believed that it was the first recording of the species taken by a camera trap in Scotland. 

The photographic equipment has been set up in the Woodland Trust Scotland's Ledmore and Migdale Woods, near Bonar Bridge, to monitor for wildcats. 

Camera traps are triggered by changes in heat and motion and take photographs of animals passing in front of them. 

'Wonderful bonus' 
Project manager Kerry Kilshaw, of Oxford University, said she was delighted an image of a rare visitor was captured. 


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