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 30 December 2014

Couch’s Kingbird spotted for first time in New York

December 29, 2014 | 3:17am

New York City bird enthusiasts spotted this feathered flier — a Couch’s Kingbird — in Manhattan over the weekend, in what’s being hailed as the Big Apple’s first-ever sighting of the species.
Photo: Splash News
Eagle-eyed avian enthusiasts spotted the yellow-feathered tourist perched atop a tree branch in Abingdon Square the West Village over the weekend.

And there’s a chance it might stick around for awhile.

“This bird may stay around for a few days (or more) since it has been in that area for several weeks,” crowed one enthusiast on the New York Birders Facebook page.

Couch’s Kingbirds are more common “around woodland edges and near ponds and rivers in southern Texas during the summer, and a few remain all winter there,” according to the National Audubon Society.

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