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.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Rare bird returns to the West Country - after five thousand years

Last updated Wed 5 Oct 2016 

A Dalmatian pelican has been spotted in North Devon.


It's thought to be the first to visit Britain for thousands of years.

The pelican is "one of the most beautiful and charismatic breeding birds in Europe" according to the RSPB.

We filmed it at Braunton.

There are thought to be around 10,000-20,000 Dalmatian pelicans in the world with the largest colony at at Lake Mikri Prespa in Greece.

Remains have shown the birds used to breed in the Somerset area around 5,000 years ago.

This bird is thought to have been blown off course towards the UK. It was first seen in Poland and Germany before arriving at Lands End earlier this year.

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