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.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Rare foreign gull breeds after nesting in city harbour

By Frances Burscough


Britain may be heading out of the EU, but a rare Mediterranean gull - a species normally found around the shores of Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea - has taken residence at the Harbour Estate in Belfast Docks and successfully bred for the first time in the city.

Although Mediterranean gulls are notoriously difficult to identify because of their similarity to the common Black-headed gull, this one happened to nest in full view of Northern Ireland's most knowledgeable bird experts at the RSPB's Window on Wildlife Reserve - and it certainly ruffled a few feathers in the process.

In fact, twitchers from all over Ireland have been flocking to the Airport Road West reserve to catch a glimpse of the bird ever since.

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