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.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

STORM CASUALTIES: Storms Cause Dead Birds To Wash Up On Beaches - RSPB

By Matt WhiteTue, 25 February 2014 3:15PM

The recent storms have caused many dead birds to wash up along the Island's coastline, according to the RSPB.

Keith Ballard from the RSPB's Brading Marshes Nature Reserve, said the charity had been conducting its annual beach bird survey, which had led to reports of dead birds on Island beaches.

Most were from the auk family, including guillemots, razorbills and in some cases, puffins.

Keith said:


"This was not unique to the Isle of Wight, dead birds have washed along the entire UK coastline and as far as France.

"The auk family spend most of their time out at sea and they only come inland to breed in the spring.

"Because we've had such a rough period of bad weather, it makes feeding for them very difficult, as they're battling the sea and struggling to find food.

"That can result in quite significant numbers of birds dying, in what's known as a wreck."

Anyone who finds a dead bird should contact the RSPCA.

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