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.

Friday 25 April 2014

Rare bird visits Northam Burrows

By NDJFayeG | Posted: April 24, 2014

NORTHAM Burrows has welcomed a visitor to its shores which hasn’t been to Devon for over 50 years ago.

There have been no reported sightings of the Collared Pratincole ever on Northam Burrows – until this week. It is migratory, and usually winters in tropical Africa.

Excited birdwatchers spotted the little wader, whose favourite places are the warmer parts of Europe, southwest Asia and Africa, on the afternoon of April 21.

Word spread and other birdwatchers managed to get to the site before dusk to see it.

Early on the April 22 it seemed that the special visitor had left the area, but it soon reappeared, and stayed in the area of Northam Burrows until 2.30pm, at which point it took off and flew high east.

It spent most of its time on the Burrows hawking insects.

Steve Waite, Devon bird recorder for Devon Birds, said: “The Collared Praticole was last seen in Devon 58 years ago, when one was at Braunton Great Field on 15-18 May 1956.

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