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.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Playful starling poses for selfies in Devon

26 September 2018

An "unusually tame" starling has been on a city pub crawl in Devon.

The bird, which behaves as if it is hand reared, first turned up at the Passage House Inn, Topsham, on Monday.

Its behaviour - flying into people's hands and hopping onto their arms for selfies - is the exact opposite of what is normal for its species.

The RSPB said that the bird had "lost its natural fear of humans" as it appears to have been regularly fed.

The bird visited two other pubs within the Topsham area where it posed for selfies on people's heads.

Pub customer and wildlife specialist Jayne Farleigh, from Kingsteignton, took the bird home after fearing it may fall victim to a cat or other predator.

She has now posted on Facebook to find the owner of the starling, which she believes is a pet.
She said: "I was quite concerned about him.

"I'm thinking he must belong to somebody, somebody has hand reared him and I'm not sure if they've tried to release him with the intentions of him going back into the wild or whether they've lost him.

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