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.

Sunday 27 December 2015

Twitchers' excitement over rare multicoloured bird spotted in New York

Thursday 3 December 2015

Passerina ciris-20090208.jpgA beautiful rare multi-coloured bird has rapturous nature lovers descending on a New York park in their hundreds.

The unusual specimen, called a painted bunting, has a dark blue head, a bright orange and red breast and a green and yellow back.

He was spotted in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and is thought to be one of only 10 seen in New York since 1927.

The New York Post reported “at least 100” bird enthusiasts were visiting the park every day to see the bird. 

“A lot of people are losing their s*** over this bird,” birding tour leader Doug Gochfeld told the paper.

Other birdwatchers were described as “ecstatic” and “shaking” when they clapped eyes on the brightly-coloured male.

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