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.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Unusual bird spotted at Upton Warren en route to Eastern Europe

First published 2 hours ago in Regional News by Alex Townley

AN unusual birds has dropped in on the Moors pools at the Upton Warren Nature Reserve on its way to Scandinavia or Eastern Europe to breed.
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A red-necked grebe has been spotted near the shallow waters of the nature reserve between Droitwich and Bromsgrove, complete with its summer breeding plumage.

John Belsey, a volunteer warden at Upton Warren, said: “A small number of red-necked grebes overwinter in the UK and they pass through on their way to and from breeding grounds in spring and autumn. This is the first time we’ve ever seen one at Upton Warren and to have one in full summer breeding plumage is absolutely fantastic.

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