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, 2 June 2014

Spotted in Writtle: Do you recognise this rare bird?

A BIRDWATCHER got these snaps of a warbler, seen only once before in Essex, perched in Writtle scrubland.

Glyn Evans had wandered just 150 metres down Highwood Road, off the A414, into farmland at about 3pm on Saturday when he spotted a Blyth's reed warbler.

The passerine bird, typically no longer than 14cm, is more akin to Eastern Europe and Asia, and in the winter, in India and Sri Lanka.

The 51-year-old Essex Birdwatching Society member and former Chelmsford schoolboy, who was visiting family in Chequers Road, said: "It's another of those "Little Brown Jobs" which are often difficult to distinguish from several similar species.

"To find one this far inland was remarkable."

The birds are known to appear in the UK in the spring and autumn seasons, but usually just along the coast.

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