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.

Monday 3 March 2014

The week in bird news, February 28

• Welsh seabird colonies have been pummeled by fierce storms, with kittiwakes, puffins, guillemotsand razorbills among the victims. These storms have been even more devastating to bird colonies than historic oil spills along the British coast. Severe weather has also impacted seabirds in Brittany. [BBC News]
• Across the pond, biologists in Florida are baffled by the deaths of at least a dozen Brown Pelicans in Jacksonville, near an area were more than 70 were found five years ago. Officials 320px-American_oystercatcher_(4228350593)said no signs of foul play were discovered. [Florida Times-Union]
• The brilliant orange-billed American Oystercatcher is making a comeback on the East Coast. [Star News Online; photo via Wikimedia Commons]
• Introducing the “catio,” an outdoor enclosure designed especially for curious felines that also reduces predation of birds, now known to be a pervasive problem causing the deaths of millions of birds every year. []
• Monster rainstorms in California today are only making a dent in a long-term drought. Meanwhile, rice farmers are doing their part in providing wetlands for migrating birds by keeping their fields flooded, NPR reports. [National Public Radio]

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