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.

Sunday 2 March 2014

Pink pigeon spotted on Darlington rooftops

Last updated Fri 28 Feb 2014

In the pink: has this bird been dyed? Credit: North News
A bright pink pigeon has been spotted on the rooftops and in the skies, over Darlington in County Durham.

As the photograph above shows, its efforts to blend in with its grey cousins has proved futile.

And the sight has shocked and puzzled people who have seen it.
One dog-walker said: "I just couldn't believe my eyes. For a moment I had to look again, and again, just to make sure I wasn't hallucinating."
However, the RSPB believe it may not be a pigeon at all.
It is not a new species, but could in fact be a dove that has been dyed pink and then released during a special event.
But instead of returning to its owner it has broken free and made new friends in the pigeon world.
And for that, it is probably tickled pink.

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