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, 10 August 2013

Rare Curlew bird found wandering around an Aldi SUPERMARKET

One of Britain’s rarest birds stunned shoppers after it was found wandering around – an Aldi SUPERMARKET.
The stone curlew was discovered “dazed and confused” in the shop many miles from the nearest habitat.
Stone curlews are a ground-nesting bird that were once common in upland areas of the West, but nearly died out because of modern farming methods.
There are believed to be less than 350 nesting pairs of stone curlews left in Britain, and the RSPB have been campaigning to save the little brown and white birds.
The young stone curlew – also known as a dikkop – was spotted at the budget supermarket chain in Devizes, Wilts..
It was taken to a local vet by a member of the public, and passed on to the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital at Newton Toney, near Salisbury.
Volunteer Marilyn Korkis said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It is such an unusual bird and a privilege to see it close up.”
RSPB stone curlew officer Nick Tomalin said: “We knew an ideal site to release the bird where the landowner has created some excellent stone-curlew habitat.”

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