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.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Rare black swans glide in Pembrokeshire

Three black swans have made a rare appearance in Pembrokeshire.

The swans were spotted at Llangwm on the Milford Haven estuary after previous sightings along the Pembrokeshire coast and among a few rare sightings across Wales.

Black Swans were first introduced to Britain accidentally after the ornamental birds escaped and you can now find them sharing the same types of habitat as our native swans.

In Wales they aren’t a common site though, so when Heather Payton from Llangwm, spotted this trio, she took their picture.
“Black swans are native to Western Australia, where they make a huge fuss about them, and those in the UK probably escaped from populations imported as decorative waterbirds. There are apparently captive populations in Devon and Leeds Castle.

“The ones I have pictured were previously seen near Dale. We saw them on the Western Cleddau near Hook a couple of days ago, then they turned up here yesterday.”

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