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, 1 January 2016

Rare bittern spotted at Llandrindod Wells Lake in Powys

14 December 2015 

One of Britain's rarest birds has been spotted at a lake in mid Powys.

The bittern, a member of the heron family, was seen resting in the reeds at at Llandrindod Wells Lake.

Reeds were planted at the lake as part of a major regeneration scheme by Powys council.

"The presence of the bittern proves once again that the efforts made to restore the ecological balance of the lake are working," said Powys council cabinet member, Graham Brown.

"With such a rich ecology now developed, it is no wonder bird watchers are coming from across Britain to see what is on offer, which is also boosting local tourism.

The RSPB estimates there are only about 80 breeding pairs of bitterns in the UK, with 600 of the birds spending the winter in Britain.

The bird was spotted by members of the Radnor Bird Blog, with one exclaiming: "Couldn't believe it - had to pinch myself!"

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