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, 14 January 2014

Rare albino blackbird spotted in Northumberland town centre

This rare fellow has taken up residence in a Northumberland town centre.

The unusual albino blackbird was spotted by chance in Haltwhistle by bird enthusiast couple Tony and Ursula Messner as they parked up to do their weekly food shop.

The feathered visitor was seen near the Co-op, in the town, earlier this week.

Albino blackbirds tend not to survive very long because they are born weaker and are more at risk from predators.

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