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.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Rare bird of prey found at airbase six days after being blown away

A RARE bird of prey has been found at an airbase - six days after he was blown away by a gust of wind.

PUBLISHED: 16:59, Tue, Jun 7, 2016 | UPDATED: 17:01, Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Arthur the white-headed vulture had last been seen during the last week's Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset, where he was part of a display.

Today the vulture has been reunited with his owner Ben Potter after he appeared at the Fleet Air Arm base RNAS Yeovilton, perching on a tree outside the station's perimeter.

Before that Arthur was seen on numerous occasions, but he had finally stood long enough to be caught by the Bird Control Unit's experts, who were alarmed by Air Traffic Control.

Mr Potter, who is Head Falconer from the Birds of Prey Display Team in Scotch Corner, Yorkshire, said he was glad to have Arthur back.

He said: "I have had Arthur for 12 tears and he is a really important part of the team. He is a white headed vulture and red list endangered which is just about scarce as you can get.

"Our display team allows us to raise funds and maintain a breeding programme the keep endangered birds of prey like Arthur with us for future generations."

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