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 18 January 2016

Bird watchers unite for rare sighting of goosanders in Ipswich

15:31 17 January 2016

A pair of male and female Gooseanders have been spotted in Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

Birdwatchers got a rare sighting of a dopping of Goosanders in Christchurch Park on January 17.

Two male and two female goosanders, which are a member of the sawbill family, have been spotted in the park – with two having also been sighted there before Christmas.

Chris Courtney, leader of the RSPB Ipswich group, said: “You find them in upland rivers in northern Britain in the summer, that’s where they breed.

“In the winter they disperse and go further afield looking for food.

“They are winter visitors to Suffolk.”

Mr Courtney said that it was rare for the birds to visit Christchurch Park, with him only having seen one female two years ago, and two in the park before Christmas.

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