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, 5 February 2018

Feather in Shropshire's cap as DNA tests show Noddy the heron is a rare visitor indeed

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | News | Published: Jan 23, 2018

He's a character loved by those who have come across him in Shropshire – and now DNA testing has proved that Noddy the heron is one special bird.

Wildlife experts have carried out tests on the bird, who unexpectedly chose to make Shrewsbury his home.

Noddy was taken in by Shropshire's Cuan Wildlife Rescue in November after living in Shrewsbury's Dingle for about seven months.

People travelled from all over to see the heron, but a member of the public raised concerns about his health as winter fell and fish stocks plummeted.

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