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 13 August 2015

Rare bird spotted at Winfrith Nature Reserve

Tuesday 11 August 2015 / News

A RARE bird has been spotted in Dorset. 

Conservation officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, Hamish Murray, spotted the rare Dartford Warbler at Winfrith Nature Reserve.

This small, dark, long-tailed warbler is resident in the UK and has suffered in the past from severe winters.

Its population crashed to a few pairs in the 1960s.

Since then it has gradually recovered, increasing in both numbers and range.

It is still regarded as an Amber List species.
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It will perch on top of a gorse stem to sing, but is often seen as a small flying shape bobbing between bushes.

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