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.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Winter storms brings rare birds to British shores

WINTER storms have created an amazing “wreck” of one of the world’s smallest seabirds.

PUBLISHED: 13:01, Fri, Jan 8, 2016

More than 100 little auks have been blown ashore by high winds and rough waters over the past few days and are now being nursed back to health before they can be released. 

The auks, about the same size as a starling, have been turning up in gardens and vegetable patches when they should be feeding on plankton well out in the North Sea, leading to a surge of calls to an animal welfare charity.

There have also been reports of thousands of little auks passing by coastal headlands and piers as they head towards shore looking for shelter from the gales.

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