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, 7 August 2015

Rare birds raise chicks on nature reserve

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: August 08, 2015

STAFF and volunteers at RSPB Blacktoft Sands are celebrating after a pair of Montagu's harriers successfully raised two chicks at the Humber-based nature reserve.

Montagu's harriers are the UK's rarest breeding bird of prey, with the pair at Blacktoft Sands the only ones to be nesting in Northern England.

The Montagu's harrier is a slim, medium-sized, long-winged bird of prey.

The majority of the UK breeding population – numbering fewer than 10 pairs – are confined to East Anglia and the South West.

Pete Short, RSPB Humber sites manager, said: "We're delighted that Montagu's harriers have successfully raised chicks for the second year running on the Humber and I feel proud that we've played a role in trying to help secure the future of this amazing bird in the UK.

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