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.

Monday 6 July 2015

Skinny-dippers' horror as birds of prey fly off with their UNDERWEAR

The unsuspecting swimmers who had stripped off for a naked dip were baffled by the disappearance of their pants and socks as they cooled off au naturel at a popular bathing spot near Glen Esk in Angus. 

But the mystery was solved when a gamekeeper stumbled cross a natty nest of a local pair of red kites - lined with pilfered pants and stolen socks.

Dave Clement, head keeper at the Gannochy Estate, said: "Our trainee gamekeeper discovered the nest and we rang the RSPB to have them ringed and tagged. 

"What was really interesting was to see socks and underwear from a popular swimming spot actually in the nest and the surrounding trees. 

"It was like the kites were cleaning up the glen." 

Two red kite chicks were later discovered in the new nest - proving that the clever insulating tactic has paid off. 

This isn't the first time kleptomaniac animals have made the headlines.

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