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.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sparrows top most common bird list, blackbirds are disappearing

January 29, 2018   

The sparrow remains the most common bird in Dutch gardens, followed by the great tit and blue tit, according to this weekend’s mass bird count, in which 50,000 people took part. In particular, there has been a decline in the number of blackbirds spotted in the nation’s gardens – the blackbird is down in fifth place after years in the top 3. A virus which has affected blackbirds and owls primarily in the east of the country could be to blame, bird count organisers Vogelbescherming Nederland said. The Usutu virus is carried by mosquitoes and has also had an impact on the bird population in Germany and Belgium. In Amsterdam, the top three most common birds are the great tit, the sparrow and then the ring-necked parakeet. Amsterdam’s urban parrots were recently included on a list of the worst alien species.

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