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, 9 May 2016

Rare ‘Naomi Campbell’ bird visits RSPB Frampton Marsh

Gemma Gadd
10:37Thursday 05 May 2016

Twitchers and wildlife photographers are flocking to RSPB Frampton Marsh to catch a glimpse of a rare bird to Britain’s shores.

The black-winged stilt was pictured at the nature reserve near Boston enjoying a wade around the wetlands and looking for food.

The site’s visitor experience manager Chris Andrews said: “Sometimes referred to as the Naomi Campbell of the bird world, due it its elegance and incredibly long legs, the black-winged stilt should be in the Mediterranean but instead arrived here on Tuesday. Maybe it heard the weather report for the weekend?”

The sighting has attracted bird-watchers to the site from as far afield as Yorkshire and Hertfordshire.

Mr Andrews said only a couple of the birds were seen in the UK each year - but numbers have gone up slightly in recent years to around a dozen ‘due to global warming’.

It is, however, the fourth year in a row the RSPB site has been visited by a solo black-winged stilt.

“We do a lot of work making the reserve absolutely brilliant for birds - and the wildlife is flourishing as a result,” Mr Andrews added. “We are swiftly gaining a reputation not just as one of the best reserves in Lincolnshire, but in the whole UK.”

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