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.

Saturday 7 March 2015

Surprise! Fisherman pulls bird (not fish) from ice

At least ice fishermen are enjoying this cold weather.

A group of friends were ice fishing in Pennsylvania when they made a surprise catch this week. Instead of finding a fish on the other end of the line, a man pulled a bird out of the ice.

Nicholas Colangelo filmed the clip of his friend, Fred Christensen, pulling in the bird and untangling it from the fishing line, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

"My jaw hit the floor when it came out of the ice hole," Colangelo told KDKA-TV.

Red-breasted merganser ducks like the one Colangelo caught are common in Pennsylvania and stay under water while looking for food, reports KDKA-TV.

Not to worry, the bird is released in the video and flies away.


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