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, 19 May 2014

Toilet mirrors removed to protect angry birds

Mirrors have been removed from the toilets at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire because swallows keep fighting with their own reflections.

When the birds fly into the toilets at the Arboretum in Westonbirt, near Tetbury, they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirrors and start fighting off what they believe is a rival for a mate.

Paul Cody, the head of visitor attraction at Westonbirt, said there were five nests nearby and the mirrors will be removed until October when things calm down.

"We have taken the decision to remove the toilet mirrors to prevent the resident swallows from injuring or causing unnecessary stress to themselves," he told the Western Daily Press.

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