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.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Hand-reared godwits take flight from Welney as they fly south for the winter

Published: 13:35 Monday 04 September 2017 

A total of 26 black-tailed godwits, hand-reared at WWT Welney have spread their wings for warmer climes. The first-time adventurers were released from their aviary only eleven weeks ago and have already been sighted in various locations along the north Norfolk coast thanks to the sharp eyes of site staff and local birdwatchers. 

Two siblings have even been spotted together at RSPB Old Hall Marshes in Essex. 

Baby black-tailed godwits were headstarted by staff at WWT in Welney as part of a Project Godwit aimed at helping the endangered species. It is hoped they will eventually all join other black-tailed godwits as far away as Africa in the coming months. The eggs of the endangered birds were collected from the wild by RSPB and WWT staff and hatched and raised in captivity to boost their chances of reaching maturity. Dr Baz Hughes, head of conservation action at WWT, said: “All 26 birds have now dispersed from the Ouse Washes and sightings are starting to come in from the south of England.
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