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 5 November 2015

Somerset girl, 13, youngest ever bird spotter to record 4,000 species

By WMNJBayley  |  Posted: November 02, 2015

A globe-trotting schoolgirl from Somerset has become the youngest birdwatcher in the world to spot an impressive 4,000 different species of bird.

Dedicated Mya-Rose Craig, 13, has travelled the world with her parents spotting, recording and ticking off thousands of species of birds.

The teenage twitcher made her 4,000th spot - a red-throated tit - at Swara Plains, Kenya, during a summer trip to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

Mya, who lives in Compton Martin, Somerset, has been bird watching with her family since she was just a few months old.

At her family's side, she has travelled the length and breadth of Britain finding and spotting hundreds of different birds.

When she was four years old her mother, Helena Craig, decided that she was old enough to start counting birds on her own.

Since then she has travelled to Columbia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Egypt, Malaysia, Majorca and Australia looking for birds.

Proud mum, Helena, said: "On her first day in Kenya, she saw her 4,000th bird species in the world, the beautiful Red-throated tit, at Swara Plains, just south of Nairobi.
"She is the youngest person to have seen 4,000 birds in the world.

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