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

Unusual bird lands in north Norfolk garden

07:30 16 September 2015

An unusual wryneck bird has been spotted on a garden lawn in Cromer.

David and Joan Hyam, of Suffield Park, said the bird visited at lunchtime and stayed for about an hour foraging for his own food.

Picture by David Hyam. 
Mr Hyam said only one person he showed the picture to recognised the species.

Birdwatcher Richard Porter said every autumn around 10 to 20 wrynecks were spotted, with three or four sightings already reported this year.

He said the birds migrated to the south and during periods of easterly winds they could be blown across to Britain where they stay to feed before resuming their journey southwards.

Mr Porter, from Cley, said the species were mostly seen on the east coast of Britain and were known as scarce migrants but not rare ones.

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