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, 1 August 2019

First Storm-petrel bird discovered in Greece – Birdlife

|26/07/2019, 9:00 pm 

A Storm Petrel bird first tagged over a decade ago in Malta has been found in Greece, BirdLife Malta has said.

The bird conservation body has announced that colleagues from the Hellenic Ornithological Society (BirdLife Greece) had discovered one of the birds first ringed by Birdlife Malta back in 2008, living on the Greek islands.

They say that this is the first documented evidence of the species found in the Eastern Mediterranean and not simply the Central region. This particular Storm-petrel was understood to be 11 years old.

BirdLife Malta states that until now, recent research carried out by the BirdLife Malta’s LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project and LIFE Arċipelagu Garnijam had shown that the bird had been found to migrate from its origin in Filfla to areas along the Spanish coast, Sicily and the Atlantic in the Winter. Research and ringing of the 8,000 breeding pairs on Filfla first began in the late 1960s.

The discovery of the Storm-petrel in Greece was not the oldest bird found. The conservationists state that they have also been able to recapture two of the species which were much older. A 32 year old bird was first discovered in 2013 while a further 29 year old was discovered only a few days ago.

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