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.

Sunday 2 August 2015

Bee-eaters breed in Cumbria

Published by surfbirds on August 2, 2015 courtesy of RSPB, surfbirds archive

Two pairs of rare bee-eaters have set up home and are raising chicks at a quarry in Cumbria. With their kaleidoscopic plumage, bee-eaters are one of Europe’s most striking and beautiful birds.

They are normally found nesting in southern Europe and are a very rare breeding bird in the UK. However, visits have increased in recent years, prompting speculation of colonisation.

Last year, two pairs successfully raised chicks on the Isle of Wight and prior to this, birds nested in Herefordshire in 2005, County Durham in 2002, and in Sussex in 1955

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