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, 16 April 2014

Key moment looms in bid to save rare birds

By Western Daily Press | Posted: April 14, 2014

By Janet Hughes

File:Eurynorhynchus pygmeus 2 - Pak Thale.jpgIt may be too late to save the dodo, but daring West Country ornithologists are on the verge of finding out if they have persuaded one of the most endangered species in the world to fall in love and mate.
The tiny spoon-billed sandpiper is hurtling towards extinction and has just been named at number 11 in the top 100 critically endangered species in the world.

But experts at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire are tricking a clutch of hand-reared birds into believing they are on the edge of the Yellow Sea in China so they start eyeing each other up before eventually pairing up and breeding in a fake Russia.

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