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.

Friday 13 June 2014

Rare red-backed shrike causes a flap in Midlands

Birmingham birders are celebrating after a rare bird was spotted in our patch for the first time in 30 years.

Twitchers were stunned to discover a red-backed shrike at Ladywalk Nature Reserve, North Warwickshire - just ten miles from the city centre.

The striking bird was first spotted on tree stumps at the reserve on June 5, causing feathers to flap and sparking a flood of tweets among ornithologists.

David Hutton posted on the West Midlands Bird Club site: “Red-backed shrike at Ladywalk! Distant, but who’s complaining. First for 30 years in the county.”

“Archie’s British Birding Blog” recorded: “At lunchtime this afternoon a stunning adult male red-backed shrike was discovered at Ladywalk Nature Reserve.

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