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, 7 May 2018

Twitchers go all Scilly over rare bird

by Aidan Radnedge Published April 20, 2018

AN UNUSUAL visitor from the US is getting bird watchers in a flap — because it is only the fourth time it has been seen in the UK.

The arrival of a belted kingfisher on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly is a bit of a mystery, said ornithologist Will Wagstaff.

‘We’ve had the wrong wind for it. We expect American birds with westerlies but we’ve had southerlies and southeasterlies,’ he said.

The mild autumn may have seen the bird ‘hang around in Europe’ before heading north. Another US bird — a laughing gull — was recently seen on the nearby island of St Martin’s. ‘That’s not as rare by any stretch but still a good rarity,’ he said.

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