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, 24 March 2019

Cumbrian seabird spotted in South Africa

9th March

A RARE species of seabird that hatched in Cumbria last year has been photographed in South Africa.
The sighting of the sandwich tern bird delighted staff and volunteers from the RSPB, Natural England and Cumbria Wildlife Trust, who work in partnership with Lancaster University, to conserve these special birds in the county.
The tern in question was ringed at the RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve in Millom last year as part of a study into their movements.
Several young terns at Hodbarrow and Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Foulney Island Nature Reserve were ringed during the last breeding season with coded, coloured rings.
This is a scientific method whereby birds are fitted with light-weight, coloured, individual identification rings on their legs that can be read from a distance, to help monitor their movements without the need to re-catch them.

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