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


Contributing Writer

Winter bird haven attracts rare off-season visitor

BEAR LAKE – Charles and Marge Keil, of Bear Lake, have an unusual winter visitor in their yard this year.

When Marge noticed a bird she had never seen before, she pulled out her “Audubon Bird Guide” and discovered it was a male Eastern Rufous-sided Towhee.

It's no surprise this bird would choose to dine at the Keils. It is one of more than 20 varieties of birds that eat there, including a magnificent Pileated Woodpecker.

What makes it unusual is that the Eastern Towhee rarely winters in Michigan, according to Dr. Brian Allen, president of the Manistee County Audubon Society. The only other sighting this year was in Holland.

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