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, 16 June 2017

Visit From a Black Stork: Rare Birds Return to Moscow After Century of Absence

19:22 13.06.2017

Moscow Region biologists discovered a black stork's nest; the bird features on the Red List of Threatened Species in Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ukraine and some other countries.

In contrast to white storks, black storks are very cautious and prefer to live in remote and hard to reach places, away from humans. The last time this rare species was spotted living and nested in Moscow Region was in the 1920s.

Ornithologists didn't reveal the exact location of the nest to keep it away from bumbling bird-watchers which they feared could cause discomfort to the black stork family. Now the birds are being observed in real time.

If a couple of black storks deliver offspring, this forest area may be declared a natural monument of regional significance, according to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

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