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 25 April 2016

More Exeter eagle owl encounters reported amid rumours the big bird is living behind the cathedral

An eagle owl on the loose in the skies over Exeter may have made its own in the centre of the city.

Reports suggest that the big bird has set up home in the grounds of the Bishop's Palace behind Exeter Cathedral.

It is said that it has been seen swooping about the area by visitors to the cathedral tower.

Although cathedral staff say they have yet to spot the bird, which is thought to have attacked a bus driver as he walked to work through Southernhay, it has been seen by staff of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds whose office is in Southernhay, near the cathedral.

A spokesman there said: "It appears it has been around here for a few weeks. It has just been seen flying around and people have heard its rather distinctive hoot.

"It is not an indigenous bird and appears to have escaped from an aviary so it is not really within our remit."

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