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.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Rare visitor flies in to Yorkshire coast

Published: 13:19 Updated: 14:59 Tuesday 11 September 2018
An unusual breed of woodpecker had birdwatchers flocking to the Yorkshire coast last week. The wryneck was spotted at Bempton, after a spell of easterly and north-easterly winds. Tony Hood, secretary of Flamborough Bird Observatory, said: “They are a former breeding bird in Britain but due to habitat loss, we lost them in the 1960s and 1970s.” Usually found in Europe at this time of year, wrynecks spend their winters in Africa - and the Bempton visitor proved to be very friendly. 
“It was very amenable,” Tony added. “It was near the exit road and cars were driving past it and it wasn’t bothered. “I’ve not seen one for a couple of years.”The weather conditions also brought a couple of other rare visitors to Bempton - an Arctic warbler and a greenish warbler.

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