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.

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Nebraska records rare sighting of black vulture

Oct 31, 2017 Updated 7 hrs ago

A creature that’s dark as night and rare in Nebraska has landed here just in time for Halloween.
A black vulture was found alive in a backyard in Lincoln earlier this month. It’s the first documented case of a black vulture in Nebraska since 1916, said Joel Jorgensen, a bird program manger for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. A century ago, a black vulture was found in south-central Nebraska.

The appearance of the vulture, a Southern species, has created a stir among local bird watchers, with word spreading about the rare find.

“Most birders would want to see a black vulture in Nebraska, just because it’s been so long,’’ said Mark Brogie of the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. “(They’d) like to cross it off their list.”
The vulture was taken to Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery center in Elmwood, Nebraska.

Betsy Finch, the center’s rehabilitation manager, said the vulture didn’t appear ill or injured but was not flying. The vulture is being fed mice and rats and is doing just fine, Finch said.

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