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 29 May 2019

Record number of shearwater birds taken into care after getting lost on journey north

Posted Fri at 5:37am
The short-tailed shearwater can fly from remote Tasmanian waters to the Arctic Circle in a matter of weeks, but at the moment it's having trouble navigating its way out of Hobart.
A record number of shearwaters (Tasmanian mutton birds) have been taken into care after becoming disorientated and stranded around the city.
They can fly more than a million kilometres over their lifetime; every year juvenile birds leave their island burrows to fly north, and many become lost after taking a wrong turn.
Members of the public have reported seeing them dead on the busy Tasman Bridge or stranded on roads and footpaths around Hobart.
The nearest colonies are on islands around Storm Bay, so the birds shouldn't be seen outside these areas.
Birdlife Tasmania's Eric Woehler said they should be heading north-east on their journey to the Northern Hemisphere.
"We've seen an unexpected and novel event occurring this autumn, with young short-tailed shearwaters heading inland rather than heading out to sea and north to the Pacific," he said.
The birds spend the Australian winter in the western Pacific near Japan and Russia, as well as Alaska, before returning for the breeding season.

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