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.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Red kites in Surrey: Where YOU have seen the threatened bird

11:37, 16 SEPTEMBER 2015

The bird of prey which was almost wiped out in the UK is now nesting in the county


Your sightings of the once almost-extinct bird stretch from Leatherhead to Farnham, raising hope for its future.

The animals are distinctive because of their forked tail and striking chestnut colour. With a 2m-long wingspan, they are incredibly agile and can soar aloft for hours at a time.

Kites were saved after a conservation project in the Chilterns during the 1990s, when 60 breeding pairs were introduced in and around Oxford and numbers swelled as they established themselves.

Get Surrey reader Debra Izatt said on Facebook: "I've seen two over the last month in Compton, soaring over the fields at Loseley.

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