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, 3 October 2019

Birds make home on volcanic isle transformed by blast in 2013

September 13, 2019 at 15:05 JST
A wedge-tailed shearwater chick has been spotted for the first time on a Pacific island that was ravaged by a volcanic eruption about six years ago.
An Environment Ministry team studying wildlife and other features on Nishinoshima island about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo said Sept. 12 that it found nests made by the birds, along with eggs and a chick.
The island is about 130 kilometers west of Chichijima island in the Ogasawara chain.
Ministry officials, biologists, geologists and other scientists visited the island from Sept. 3 to 5.
What’s unusual about the findings is that plants are typically the first to appear in new ecosystems on land.
“It shows how wildlife takes root on an isolated island,” said Kazuto Kawakami, a senior researcher at the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute who took part in the survey, noting that the study is of global significance.

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