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, 6 March 2019

The many homes and adventures of the rare tarāpuka gulls


13 Feb, 2019 2:35pm
Endangered seagulls find a Sikh guardian in Hastings. Made with funding from NZ On Air.
A well-meaning Hastings takeaways operator has unwittingly lured a rare breed of feathered friends well out of their safety zone.
Every morning Talwinder Singh Kular has been getting a very special welcome from his own flock of seagulls.
Each day, he's been cooking a scoop of chips and leaving it overnight to cool for his winged patrons.
He said the gulls took over the feeding ground after he started putting food out for sparrows.
But Singh's neighbours, such as Kris Bristow, were not so impressed with the seagulls.
"They park on top of the buildings waiting," the frustrated business and building owner said.

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