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.

Monday 20 May 2019

Exotic game bird spotted in southeast Edmonton 'thrive pretty well': Wildlife expert

Updated: May 2, 2019
Steve Taylor came home this week to find an unusual looking bird — rotund with orange eyes and beak — pecking away at his front lawn in southeast Edmonton.
The bird is believed to be a chukar, a type of partridge introduced as a game bird in Canada during the 1920s.
“From 5 o’clock to about 9 or 9:30, it was still on our front lawn and it appeared to be digging a little bit in one of our planter boxes and may be nesting or something, but it didn’t stick around after that,” said Taylor earlier this week.
Dale Gienow, who heads up WILDNorth (formerly the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton), said chukars are often farmed as game birds or for meat, but it is not unusual for one of them to fly the coop.
“Every year we get one or two of these guys that get brought in and people are like, ‘What the heck is this, this isn’t supposed to be around here,’” said Gienow.

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