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.

Friday 1 February 2019

This Tri-City woman made an unusual find at Hood Park

 JANUARY 13, 2019 02:30 PM,
UPDATED JANUARY 14, 2019 09:04 AM
Elke Davis may be relatively new to bird watching, but she earned another set of wings this month.
She went bird watching at Hood Park on Jan. 4 and made quite the find for a birder.

She saw a Eurasian wigeon — a red-headed duck that breeds in the northernmost parts of Europe and Asia. It migrates to southern Asia and Africa and is a rare winter visitor to the United States on the mid-Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

 “It was about noon on a gray cloudy day,” she said. “I scanned the water with my binoculars and there he was.”

Imagine that. A red-headed duck from Russia surrounded by a bunch of American wigeons in Kennewick.

It was not Davis’ first time spotting an unusual bird.

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