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, 22 July 2019

The first star tern in the Dee estuary for almost 60 years

Bird Notes columnist Julian Hughes of RSPB Cymru reveals what birds have been spotted in the past week and lists 16 upcoming wildlife events
Andrew ForgraveRural Affairs Editor
00:17, 9 JUL 2019
Young birds are fledging from North Wales’ colonies of nesting terns, seabirds that will head for a southern hemisphere summer in just a few weeks.
Wardens looking after Little Terns at Gronant , Sandwich Terns at Cemlyn Bay, and Common and Arctic Terns on The Skerries , report a good breeding season so far.
Much rarer in North Wales was a Gull-billed Tern in the Dee estuary at the weekend, making occasional forays into Wales.
More thickset than our native terns, Gull-billed Terns nest in the Mediterranean. This was only the fifth in the region, and was the first in Flintshire since 1960.

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