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.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Can you help identify this unusual bird found in Cornwall?

By RDoddHerald | Posted: January 18, 2017

The mysterious bird was spotted in New Polzeath

A woman from Cornwall has been left baffled by a mysterious bird which stayed in her garden for three days, but defies identification.

Hilary Mulley drew a sketch of the feathered visitor during its stay at her home in New Polzeath, Wadebridge and believes it may be an incredibly rare blue rock thrush.
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If she's correct it will be only the second sighting of this species in the UK. The first has been drawing hundreds of birdwatchers to the Cotswolds after it was sighted in December 2016.

"We weren't quite sure what species it was at first, but the nearest likeness in our bird book was the blue rock thrush," Hilary said.

"When we read on Teletext that one had been sighted in the Cotswolds it confirmed our decision."

Hilary takes an interest in the birds which visit her garden including robins, siskins, and song thrushes, but she had never seen this type of bird before.

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