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.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Dramatic swan rescue on the Pevensey Levels

Three men and two ambulances were recently involved in a dramatic rescue of an injured Mute Swan that had been spotted completely covered in blood.

The injured Mute Swan was eventually gathered
up safely but not before its rescuer,
Trevor Weeks, was thoroughly soaked
The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) in the shape of Trevor Weeks MBE of Uckfield, Chris Riddington of Eastbourne, and Tony Neads of Polegate, rushed to the scene and found the swan in a field just west of the road between the village of Wartling and Pevensey Service Station.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it” says Riddington. “The swan was completely red, there were no white feathers at all, just blood everywhere.”

Unfortunately, the rescue effort were hampered by flooding across the field. On the first attempt at capture the swan managed to take off.

“We were really surprised that the swan flew but as it was so windy it really didn’t take much more than opening it wings in order to take off” ssys Weeks.

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