Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wings over Shropshire

It's not just rare apple varieties that turn up in Shropshire from time to time.

Today's Shropshire Star reports that a frigatebird was found on a farm near Whitchurch. These tropical seabirds, which can have a seven-foot wingspan, are also known as man of war birds or pirate birds.

This one was the first to be recorded in Britain. It was taken to Chester Zoo but later died of its injuries.

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