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.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Vancouver searches for new city bird

Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Western Grebe, and the Barn Swallow are vying for the title of City bird 2016

By On the Coast, CBC News Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT

The City of Vancouver announced its four candidates vying for the title of official bird, 2016: The Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Western Grebe, and the Barn Swallow.

"We decided to go for the rare gems here in the city," Rob Butler, the chair of the Vancouver bird advisory council told On the Coast's Stephen Quinn. The competition aims to educate locals on the importance of birds in and around the city, Butler said.

Reigning champion flying high
Last year the Black-capped Chickadee was crowned as the official city bird in a competition which saw more than 700,000 votes cast. According to Butler, it has already been representing the city well.

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