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, 2 June 2019

Rare bird spotted in Finland for the first time

The Pallas's reed bunting has been sighted fewer than 10 times in Europe.
A bird species previously unseen in Finland was spotted in the Kirkkonummi archipelago, according to Birdlife Finland, the local chapter of an international bird conservation organisation. The Pallas’s reed bunting was spotted at the Rönnskär bird station off the southern municipality's Porkkala peninsula.
The bird's last sighting in the Nordic countries was in October 2016 when it was seen in Sweden, the organisation stated in a release.
Pallas’s reed buntings breed across northeast Europe and northeast Asia. The European side of the species has spread to only a small region of the Urals in the northern part of the tundra. The bird has been sighted in Europe, outside of Russia, fewer than ten times.

The Pallas’s reed bunting resembles the Common reed bunting, but is smaller than the Great tit.
A new bird species was last spotted in the country in 2017, when an Oriental Pratincole made an appearance in Joroinen, a southern Finnish municipality.

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