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 26 February 2014

UK RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS: Rare bird sets up home at Potteric Carr

A willow tit
willow tit
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster had a bumper bird year in 2013, a recent report by local volunteers has shown.

Bird highlights for this urban nature reserve, one of the largest inland wetland sites in the whole of the United Kingdom included a spectacular show of starlings at the beginning of 2013, with over 10,000 birds displaying over the entrance to the nature reserve.

In addition a number of birds of prey were recorded on several occasions including a peregrine falcon, marsh harrier and three species of owl.

Other notable records was that of the willow tit, a bird which has seen its UK population decline by 93% over the last 40 years with no real conclusive evidence as to why.

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