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, 8 March 2014

Red kite discovered in a West Wales garden was one of the oldest ringed birds to have survived in the British wild


The fork-tailed bird of prey was found by a couple in Aberarth, Ceredigion, said the RSPCA, who had put the injured bird to sleep

A red kite grounded in the garden of a house in Ceredigion has been identified as the second oldest ringed bird to survive in the wild.

The distinctive, fork-tailed bird of prey was discovered by a couple in their garden at Aberarth, said the RSPCA.

The couple could see that although the bird was able to walk around and had no visible injuries, it was emaciated and unable to fly, so they decided to call the RSPCA for help.

When animal collection officer Ellie West arrived she noticed that his feathers were completely water-logged and there was dried blood around his wing suggesting that the kite had been involved in a collision.

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