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.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

In the urban jungle, birds rule the roosts

AMY SMART / TIMES COLONIST 
JUNE 13, 2015 06:00 AM

When Jacqueline Davis noticed an osprey building its home atop a 16-bulb light standard beaming down on Royal Athletic Park, she envisioned slow-cooked eggs or a nest turned to kindling.

The nest has become an attraction for North Park residents, who sometimes wander into the adjacent parking lot with binoculars.

But Davis’s new avian neighbours should be fine, says a wildlife expert.

Many urban birds make homes in unusual places.

“There are lots of animals that have adapted to the urban area,” said Kari Marks, manager of B.C. SPCA’s WildARC program.

Marks said “cavity nesters” are the most common: starlings, house sparrows and wrens that make homes in nooks and crannies in buildings. But bats and owls have also been known to settle down in human-made structures.

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