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 2 September 2018

Rare hobby falcons sighted in Northern Ireland

23 August 2018
A pair of birds usually only seen in southern Europe have been spotted in Northern Ireland.
The hobbies - birds of prey that belongs to the falcon family - were photographed close to the County Londonderry town of Dungiven.
Jim Wells, chairman of the NI Raptor Study Group, said the sighting is the "most exciting thing I have witnessed in 29 years of birdwatching".
A hobby sighting in Northern Ireland is considered extremely rare.
"They are an absolutely wonderful little bird," Mr Wells told BBC Radio Foyle's Mark Patterson Show.
"The fact they have been discovered near Dungiven is quite remarkable."

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