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.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Big bird turns heads

By Jon Wilcox 
Aug. 25, 2016 at 11:21 p.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2016 at 6 a.m.

A big bird stopped traffic Thursday.

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) 2.JPG"This is an ultra rarity," said David Bradford, a high school biology teacher from Houston and experienced birder.

Dozens of parked vehicles lined Farm-to-Market Road 1090 after the sighting of a young jabiru.

Birders descended on a flooded drainage ditch along FM 1090 at U.S. 87 to catch a glimpse of the bird.

Averaging a height of 55 inches and a wingspan of 96 inches, the rare South and Central American stork is a sight to behold.

"It's huge, and it's a cool-looking bird," he said. "It's got a lot going for it."

According to the Texas Bird Records Committee, Thursday's appearance will mark the 12th time the jabiru has been sighted in Texas.

"It is one of my most wanted birds in the state of Texas," Bradford said. "Everybody has their own nemesis bird, and I've chased after this bird a number of times."

Although the jabiru is a rare treat for Texas birders, the species is quite common in South and Central America, said Petra Hockey, an experienced Calhoun County birder who has been in the game since 1988.

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