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, 11 August 2017

Rare black-crowned night herons breed for the first time in the UK

A PAIR of extremely rare birds have bred in the UK for the first time, conservationists have revealed.
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Wed, Aug 2, 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37, Wed, Aug 2, 2017

Two adult black-crowned night herons and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at a nature reserve in Somerset.
The discovery was made by bird watchers at the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moor national nature reserve and Graham Hall was able to photograph the night herons.

It is thought the adults either bred there or at the nearby Avalon Marshes site.

Experts said night herons were extremely rare in the south of England and only around a dozen had been spotted in Somerset since the 1800s.


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