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.

Saturday 5 March 2016

Mediterranean visitor is a birding milestone for Britain

06:00, 23 FEB 2016

Bird Notes columnist Julian Hughes of RSPB Conwy reveals what birds have been spotted in the past week and where to go birding in the coming days

Many birders keep lists: the birds they’ve seen in their lifetime; birds seen in Britain, or in their home county; and some keep a “year-list” too.

The keeper of the British List, on which all these are based, is the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), a panel of experts who assess the sightings.

Last week, the BOU heralded a numeric milestone, with admission of the 600th species to the British List.

The Yelkouan Shearwater breeds on seacliffs in the eastern Mediterranean and winters in the Black Sea.

A few fly west into the Atlantic, and one of these birds was spotted off the south coast of Devon.

This is a possible visitor to North Wales, so seabird enthusiasts should gen up on the finer points of their identification before next autumn.

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