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.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Small birds expected to bounce back in annual UK count

RSPB says successful breeding season and kind weather could see many species faring well in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Fri 26 Jan 2018 06.01 GMT

Blue tits, great tits, greenfinches and chaffinches are set to bounce back into British gardens this winter after a successful breeding season and “relatively kind” conditions.

More than half a million people are expected to spend an hour this weekend spotting birds and other wildlife in the 39th year of the Big Garden Birdwatch, the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

The RSPB is predicting a bumper year for colourful finches and members of the tit family, including long-tailed tits, after disease and wet weather caused a population slump.

“This year could be a bumper weekend of sightings for some of our resident British birds,” said Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist. “So keep your eyes peeled for the greenfinches, chaffinches and various tit species.”

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