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 4 November 2016

Booming call of the endangered Bittern once again being heard across Anglesey

15:01, 20 Oct 2016
Local birdwatchers were sworn to secrecy as nestlings fledged this summer at RSPB Malltraeth - the first in Wales for 32 years

Bitterns successfully bred this summer at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh 

A rare wading bird has nested on Anglesey more than two decades after a wildlife reserve was created specifically to lure it back to the island.

The reed-loving bittern, a type of heron, was last known to have bred in Wales at Valley on Anglesey in 1984.

Males are renowned for their remarkable booming mating call and in 2015 one was heard on Anglesey.

Now RSPB Cymru has confirmed a female nested and reared fledglings at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh this summer – the first time in Wales for 32 years.

The reserve’s site manager, Ian Hawkins, said RSPB Malltraeth Marsh was established in 1994 with the goal of attracting bitterns back to Wales.

“It’s been a long time coming!” he said.

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