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.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Jersey's rogue chough pair rejoin the flock

A pair of rare birds that left an aviary during a phased reintroduction to the wild release have returned.

Red-billed choughs have not thrived in Jersey for a century and are being reintroduced by an environmental group.

The aim was to allow the birds out for short periods to allow them to gradually adjust to the wild.

On the first release two birds left the flock and spent about a week living in a quarry before returning to the aviary last week.

The Birds on the Edge programme aims to restore the natural diversity of the north coast of the island.

Dr Glyn Young, leading the project, said the birds were born in captivity but hoped they would thrive in the island.

Flock of crows

He said after the pair had returned they decided to go back to the original plan of a phased release but not everything went to plan.

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