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, 3 February 2020

Finnish-ringed osprey found in Kenya


A Western Osprey, ringed in Finland, has been refound some 4,300 miles away in Kenya.

The bird was discovered trapped in fishing net and struggling to free itself beside Lake Kanyaboli, in Siaya country in western Kenya, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service. A resident of the village spotted the raptor, noted the rings and reported the sighting.

The bird's origin was established from the ring on its leg, with the details confirming it was ringed near Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Paul Odoto, Kenya Wildlife Service Communications Director, said: "It has some bruises on the legs but it appears healthy, though it has lost some weight, and is dehydrated."

The bird was later delivered to the KWS Veterinary Department, with a statement reading: "It will be stabilised by administering IV fluids and provided with proper diet, then monitored for a few days before being released back to the wild."

Western Osprey is a regular winter visitor to Kenya, but ringing recoveries such as this one are very rare. Dr David Ndeereh, KWS Head of Veterinary Services, said the agency will share the information with the East Africa Bird Ringing Association to obtain further details on the bird.

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