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.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Keep your eyes peeled for these birds urge ornithologists

06:30Thursday 10 December 2015

Puffins, turtle doves and pochard (a duck) are among 11 bird species which have been classified as vulnerable by the world’s leading international conservation organisation.

Inclusion in the ‘red list’ produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a sign that a species is heading towards extinction.

‘Survey work undertaken by Manx BirdLife and other wildlife charities, in addition to birdwatchers’ reported sightings, is crucial in highlighting declines in order for conservation action to be taken,’ said Manx BirdLife chief operating officer Dora Querido.

‘The data people submit through our Garden Birdwatch scheme and general sightings hold importance in the long term at a higher level, for which we are very grateful.

‘The other eight bird species relevant to the Isle of Man that are also causing concern are redwing and bar-tailed godwit which winter on the island, knot, a passage migrant, plus eider, razorbill, oystercatcher, lapwing and meadow pipit all of which are breeding species regularly recorded on yearly surveys.

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