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, 25 December 2015

Rare Asian bird discovered off Scottish coast

27 November 2015 by Reporter
The Oriental Dove

It is normally found in the more exotic climes of Asia.

Orientalturtledove.JPGBut for only the twelfth time since records began, an Oriental Dove has been discovered thousands of miles off course in Shetland.

It was first spotted on Wednesday in a garden in Scalloway, the second time the species has been found on Shetland – the last in 1974 on Fair Isle – and the fifth for Scotland.

The dove is usually found in Russia, Japan, south-east Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Quite why this particular bird decided to veer off course is something of a mystery.

But Josh Jones of the authorative Bird Guides, said it could have been due to recent weather patterns.
“It is well off course – the nearest it usually comes is the Ural Mountains. But there is a good chance it may stick around for a while and could survive the winter and fly off again in the spring,” he said.

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