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, 14 August 2015

Rare bird rescued after swallowing hook at Lochindorb

11 August 2015 

A rare bird has been rescued after swallowing a fish hook and line on a Highland loch.

The black-throated diver was spotted in difficulty at Lochindorb, near Grantown on Spey, on Monday 3 August.

Scottish SPCA senior inspectors Andy Brown and Dougie Campbell managed to reach the tangled bird.

After it was cut free, it was taken to the animal welfare charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, near Alloa, for treatment.

Black-throated divers are an "amber" category species, the second highest class of conservation concer,n according to the RSPB.

Mr Brown said: "The fishing line had snagged on weeds, meaning the bird was unable to move very far.

"Our vet was able to remove the hook but unfortunately there is a lot of dead tissue and the diver is not out of the woods yet.

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