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.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS: Local fishermen attract rare bird to Winsford waters

7:00am Monday 17th February 2014 in News

CAREFUL environmental planning by local fishermen has succeeded in attracting a rare species to the River Weaver.

The Guardian investigated after seeing reports on Winsford Anglers’ website that an elusive bittern had been spotted on a stretch of the waterway.

Club secretary and treasurer, Steve Beech, thought he’d spotted the tell-tale plumage of the mysterious, heron-like bird while fishing.

He immediately text club fisheries and conservation manager, Graham Bayliss.

“Receiving the text message was very exciting because these birds are extremely rare in Cheshire. I hoped the sighting was genuine,” said Graham, a keen wildlife enthusiast and nature photographer who confirmed the sighting and managed to capture some stunning photographs of the bird.

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