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 1 February 2014

Nikita the Steller's sea eagle on the loose in Yorkshire Dales

A giant sea eagle with an 8ft wing-span is loose in the Yorkshire Dales after escaping from its trainer.

Chris O’Donnell lost Nikita, a Steller’s sea eagle, after training in windy conditions near Brackenbottom, North Yorks, and believes the 10-year-old eagle may have been blown off course.

Police today stated the bird was not dangerous to the public, but yesterday tweeted a warning to pet owners to keep small animals indoors.

Nikita's trainer said yesterday: “She’s massive – like a small glider,” but reassured people the eagle was harmless.

Missing Nikita the Steller's sea eagle is found in Lancashire

A giant bird of prey which went missing in the Yorkshire Dales six days ago has been found safe and well.

Steller's sea eagle Nikita, who has an 8ft (2.4m) wingspan, went missing on 25 January from her home in Settle.

Trainer Chris O'Donnell said she was eventually tracked down at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, after what he described as an "epic" journey.

He said the eagle was a bit dirty but was unharmed, and was now back in her normal enclosure.

"She is happy, healthy and has had a really good feed, and I am sure she will be much happier waking up in her own environment," Mr O'Donnell said.

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