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, 11 June 2015

Robin crowned as Britain's national bird after 200,000-strong ballot

America has the bald eagle, France has the Gallic rooster, and now Britain has the robin.

A nationwide ballot saw more than 200,000 people elect the robin as Britain’s national bird, after it swooped away with 34 per cent of the vote. It beat competition from the barn owl, which came second with 12 per cent, and the blackbird in third with 11 per cent.

People voted online, at ballot boxes in schools and even by postal vote following a campaign to name the country’s national bird launched by ornithologist David Lindo.

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