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, 15 July 2014

Rare night heron brings birders from miles around to Cheltenham's Pittville Park

By Gloucestershire Echo | Posted: July 09, 2014

Birders watching the heron in Pittville Park

Birders are all aflutter – or they would be if they weren’t being so quiet – about a rare visitor to Britain.

A black-crowned night heron has made its temporary home in the lake in Pittville Park, in Cheltenham, for the last few days – and enthusiastic bird watchers are travelling from miles around to see it.

After news broke of the bird – normally resident in South America, Africa and Eurasia but not western Europe – on the Gloster Birder website, keen ornithologist David Soons headed for the lake in Pittville Park.

Mr Soons, who lives in Cirencester, said: “I was there early in the morning and there were about half a dozen others. One had been there since 4am and they hadn’t seen anything of it.

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