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 12 August 2018

Dalmatian Pelican added to Category A of French list


The French Bird Commission (Commission de l’Avifaune Française; CAF) has voted unanimously to add Dalmatian Pelican to Category A of the French bird List.

The addition is based on an adult observed in Jura department (eastern France, south-east of Dijon) on 2 May 2010 and then at Lac du Bourget, Savoy, on 4 May. This particular bird had previously been observed in several European countries having first been seen in Hungary in February, the month in which most adults arrive back at breeding colonies in the species' home range.

An adult Dalmatian Pelican seen in Alsace in 2016, which had previously been seen in several European countries (including Poland) and later arrived in Cornwall, England, on 7 May, lingering in south-west England until mid-November of that year, is still pending acceptance, although evidence points strongly in the favour of this also being a wild bird. Further records of immatures have all been assigned to Category E, either because it was established that they were definitely escapees, either because observations corresponded to known individuals being at large or because they showed similar movement patterns to known escapees and there was no good evidence in favour of a wild origin.

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