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 9 July 2018

New pelican stop-over site discovered


The Sea of Marmara may be the smallest sea in the world, but it is now known to be home to a major stop-over point for more than 15,000 Great White Pelicans when breaking up their epic spring migration journey.

The site, on the Karacabey Floodplain in Turkey’s north-western Marmara region, is of global significance because it holds at least half of the species’ European population during spring migration, along with 5 per cent of the world population. The wetland is also considered important for other waterbird species such as Dalmatian Pelican and Glossy Ibis.

The discovery was made recently by Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey) during the organisation's ongoing work to safeguard migratory birds passing over the country along the Africa-Eurasia flyway. As part of its education and community outreach work on illegal bird killing – boosted over the last year by funding from the 2017 Champions of the Flyway race in Israel – Doğa Derneği had been working in co-operation with the municipality of Karacabey and other local groups to co-organise a migratory bird monitoring event. Over these three days of systematic counting, the pelican discovery was made.

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