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, 24 May 2014

Barn owl chicks stolen from Haddiscoe Island mill

22 May 2014 Last updated at 15:58

The wooden door of the mill was damaged and the barn owls taken

Six young barn owls have been stolen from a nest inside a mill in Norfolk.

The door of Toft Monks Mill on Haddiscoe Island was "completely smashed apart" as thieves went into the building and took the birds, believed to be about three weeks old.

Paul Newton, who had been monitoring the eggs, said: "This is such a hideous, pointless crime."

Norfolk Police said it was investigating and wanted to speak to five teenagers seen near the mill.

They were spotted nearby on Sunday, the day before the break-in was noticed.

Mr Newton said the barn owls' mother, which has been seen in the mill since the theft, laid the eggs last month.

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