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, 20 November 2014

Eight new bird species breeding in Denmark

Warmer climate and protection attracting them to settle in the Danish countryside

November 20, 2014

by Lucie Rychla

The ed-crested pochard, caspian tern, great egret, peregrine falcon, bee-eater, white-wing crossbill, golden eagle and Egyptian goose can be spotted breeding in the Danish countryside.

According to the Danish ornithological society (DOF), these species were recorded during the first phase of the Atlas III project.

Its aim is to provide completely updated documentation of the current circulation of all bird species breeding in the country.

Equipped with notebooks and binoculars, 1,040 ornithologists have been scrutinising Danish woods, lakes and cities mapping local bird-life since early spring. 

Better climate conditions
The new species are quite different, so it is not clear why they have all decided to move to Denmark. 

However, a DOF biologist, Iben Hove Sørensen, believes that some of them moved north because of the climate changes that have created more suitable conditions for the birds.

"We believe that, for instance, the caspian tern moved to Denmark because it did not have a very successful breeding season in Scania. So, it decided to give it a go here instead," Sørensen explained to Jyllands-Posten.

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