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, 8 May 2015

Tight race to find UK's national bird race 'may lead to coalition'

It's a "beak to beak" race between the barn owl, the blackbird, the wren and the robin as a countrywide poll to find Britain's national bird got underway last night

By Javier Espinoza

12:01AM BST 08 May 2015

It's a "beak to beak" race between the barn owl, the blackbird, the wren and the robin as a countrywide poll to find Britain's national bird got underway last night.

Preliminary results, from 160,000 online voters, indicated there might not be a clear winner and a coalition could be formed following intense backstabbing and bickering as the birds got in a flap.

“It is a close fight, they are beak to beak at the moment,” said David Lindo, a birdwatcher and the organiser of the poll, just hours before polling stations closed in roughly 200 schools across the UK and online.

Mr Lindo added that there could possibly be a coalition and there might be a struggle in power leading to "the birds debating among themselves who is going to flock with who.”

There were more than 70,000 votes last year to whittle it down to a shortlist of 10 bird species, which also included the blackbird, blue tit, hen harrier, kingfisher, puffin and red kite.

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