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.

Monday 12 June 2017

Rare rose-coloured starling spotted in Ipswich back garden

PUBLISHED: 09:29 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:34 05 June 2017

Jason Noble and Emily Townsend
Rosy Starling - Almaty - Kazakstan S4E1244 (22382991808).jpgBirdwatchers have been flocking to a back garden in Henley Road, Ipswich, after a rare rose-coloured starling was spotted.

RSPB Ipswich Local Group member Rosie Forest spotted the unusual bird outside her home in Henley Road when it came down to feed on dried mealworms.

She noticed it on Friday morning – it was sitting among a large flock of around 50 common starlings about two metres away from her patio doors.

The bird, which is part of a migrant species which breed in Russia and the Ukraine, also fed on suet hanging at the back of Rosie’s garden.

She said it occasionally flew up to the tops of her conifer trees. Chris Courtney, a fellow bird-watcher, said: “She (Rosie texted me at 8.35am saying she had had this amazing pink starling and went on during subsequent texts to give a perfect description of an adult rosy starling. I told her it couldn’t be anything else.

“It was most apt that our member Rosie should succeed in attracting her namesake, the bird is known colloquially by birders as a Rosy starling.

“It’s also testimony to her really dedicated efforts to feed her garden birds - she spends a small fortune buying bird food and spends hours enjoying watching them.”


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