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, 4 March 2018

Bird makes rare appearance in South Texas

Feb 21, 2018 Updated 8 hrs ago

Last summer, Bob Friedrichs traveled more than 2,000 miles to see a bird he hadn't seen since he was a teenager.

It wasn't there.

His disappointment turned to delight this month, though, when he discovered the bird about 30 minutes from his house.

It's called a purple sandpiper, and if the report and photos Friedrichs submitted Friday are accepted by the Texas Bird Records Committee, it will be the 27th purple sandpiper spotted in the Lone Star State and the first since 2012.

This time of year, purple sandpipers, named for the shade their gray feathers display in certain light, are supposed to be along the rocky shores of the Atlantic Coast, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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