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.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

'Male' eagle owl lays egg at Gloucester bird sanctuary

25 June 2019
Staff at a bird sanctuary were shell-shocked when an eagle owl they had believed was male for 23 years unexpectedly laid an egg.
Kaln, who came to Gloucester's Barn Owl Centre as a chick in 1996, delivered its surprise on Sunday.
Founder Vincent Jones said: "You should have seen his face after he laid it. You should have seen our faces."
Kaln's sex had never been checked before as the bird was so healthy, Mr Jones said.
"The egg came as a massive surprise. He's now a tomboy," he said.
"His brother is still staring into the nest scrape in the ground confused to hell. He's now got a sister instead of a brother."
Mr Jones said although the egg was not fertilised and would not develop into a chick, there could be more as owls lay up to three or four at a time.

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