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, 13 January 2016

‘Shag’ in showroom proves popular

Kieran Murray

17:11Tuesday 12 January 201612:02Monday 11 January 2016

Staff at a Bridlington building supplies firm were left amazed at witnessing a ‘shag’ in their showroom.

The goose-sized bird waddled into MKM Building Supplies on Bessingby Industrial Estate where it jumped into a bathroom.

The bird that waddled into MKM Building Supplies in Bridlington

Kitchen specialist at MKM Building Supplies Steffi Taylor, 35, said: “We saw it first outside stood on a bollard and, with me being an animal lover, I wanted a closer look. It was so cute and it just waddled into the showroom like a penguin making a funny flapping sound.”

The staff believed the bird was a Razorbill initially and they called the RSPB to go down to retrieve the bird where they got a surprise.

“Everyone just found him gorgeous,” said Steffi. “We thought he was a Razorbill at first and you can only imagine the reaction of the staff when we found out it was a shag. Inside it jumped on to boxes, went inside a bath and was sat on the loo for quite a while too.

“We even gave him the name Shaun the shag.”

In the UK shags breed on coastal sites, mainly in the north and west, and more than half their population is found at fewer than 10 sites. They are on the Red List meaning it’s a globally threatened species.

RSPB intern Chris Callow went down to collect the bird and, expecting to have to dig among pallets and bags of cement for it, was surprised to see it had wandered into the showroom.

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