Some great news from condor biologists: the first confirmed California condor visit to San Mateo County in a century took place in late May. Condor 597, a three-year-old female who hatched in the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park in April 2011, was recorded by a motion-sensitive wildlife camera in a forested area near Pescadero. Pescadero is a small coastal town about 35 miles south of San Francisco and six miles from Año Nuevo State Park, a famed elephant seal rookery where occasional giant carcasses offer a potential prime source of condor chow.
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.