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 14 September 2016

Glossy Ibis spotted in Fremington Pill

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 12, 2016

The sighting of a rare bird is currently exciting the North Devon bird-watching community as twitchers from the region are flocking to see the unfamiliar visitor.

The Glossy Ibis, also known as the European Ibis, was first seen at Fremington Pill last week and was reported on local bird-watching community website Devon Birds.

Glossy Ibis, Fremington Pill
Glossy Ibis, Fremington Pill
The Ibis, known for its long slender legs, reddish brown feathers and bottle green wings, is more commonly seen enjoying the warmer climates of southern Europe, north Africa and even the Caribbean, but does occasionally venture to the UK.

Devon Birds member Tim Davis was one of those pleased to see the bird visiting the region.

He said: "They don't breed in Britain. They are from southern Spain and south Europe and they are known here as a vagrant species. They are sometimes spotted in south Devon, but more recently they have been coming further north."

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