Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Friday, April 06, 2012



LINK: The naked wild man of Dighton

Oh yeah, he was out there.On Sept. 27, 1887, The Fall River Daily Evening News reported that some people thought “The naked wild man of Dighton” was the ghost of a Viking who had helped mark Dighton Rock.That’s all the story says, but it is apparent that something, or someone, was sighted in Dighton often enough to be known as “the naked wild man of Dighton.”Hermit? Bigfoot? Madman? Ghost? Other mentions in the press of that time will be hunted down, if at all possible.

Read on...

WATCHER OF THE SKIES: cuckoos, lady of the loch, starlings

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... about out-of-place birds, rare vagrants, and basically all things feathery and Fortean.

Because we live in strange times, there are more and more bird stories that come her way, so she has now moved onto the main CFZ bloggo with a new column with the same name as her aforementioned ones...

Update on BTO cuckoos

Martin - picture BTO

One of the BTO tracked cuckoos – Martin – is crossing the Sahara on his way back to the UK. He is moving over the earth’s surface at average speeds in excess of 62 mph! Interestingly, he appears to be following a different route back. You can keep abreast of the cuckoos’ movements by visiting:


Britain's most famous osprey, 'Lady', has returned tothe Loch of the Lowes for her 22nd year
'Lady'is back - for her 22nd breeding season. The remarkable female osprey at theLoch of the Lowes has, against all the odds, returned once again. Probably aged26 years old now, few realistically thought that she would manage two more hugemigrations and yet another breeding season, but she has already mated with anunknown osprey. Her regular mate has not showed up - yet anyway.
Visitorfacilities have been upgraded over the winter at the Loch of the Lowes VisitorCentre to enhance the visitor experience including extension of the toiletfacilities and a new sewerage treatment plant to protect the health of the Lochwhich is vital to the Ospreys. These enhancements have been part-funded by theScottish Government and the European Community Rural Tayside LEADER 2007-2013Programme.
ScottishWildlife Trust Perthshire Ranger, Emma Rawling said:
“I’mdelighted to announce that our regular breeding female osprey returned to thenest at Loch of the Lowes at 8:31 this morning.
“Shehas been positively identified thanks to her distinctive iris and plumage. Itis an amazing achievement for her to return to Loch of the Lowes for her 22ndbreeding year, making her at least in her mid twenties. We are certain she isthe oldest breeding osprey in the UK.
“In2010 she was ill on the nest and thousands of people around the world watchedher remarkable recovery online. She returned in 2011 but her eggs failed tohatch; we feared that might have been the last we would see of this bird, butshe is back again. This is due in no small part to the amazing conservationefforts here at Loch of the Lowes. We’ve had 24 hour protection on the ospreynest that will continue as long as this osprey stays.
“Perhapsthat’s also why I think it’s the best place in the UK to see ospreys. From ourhide, you can see them fishing in the Loch and there is a great view to thenest. Thanks to our high definition web camera, viewers in the Visitor Centreand around the world get a unique view inside an osprey’s nest.”
Lady ofthe Loch – a short film by Lisa Trainer

Starlings becoming a rare sight in Bucks gardens

Photo credit: Wikipedia

A new survey shows that over the past quarter of acentury, starling (Sturnus vulgaris) numbers in Buckinghamshire gardens have hugely declined. The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch found thatsightings in this county were at an all-time low since the first survey back in1979. Compared to around 15 sightingsper hour when the first survey took place, this time people in Buckswere likely to see just over two of them per hour.

Mary Mackay, of Amersham Bird Watching Club, said:“The results do not really surprise me. “Starlings have been declining for anumber of years and you do not see them anywhere like as often as you used to.

“They struggle because their habitats have changed.They like farmland, and there is less of it about these days, and also becausefewer people have gardens and concrete them over to put cars on their drives.

“It means that things are very difficult, not justfor starlings but for most garden birds.”

RSPB scientist Mark Eaton said: “It would be atragedy if the numbers of starlings continue to plummet and we will do all wecan to help stop this happening.”

What do you think? Email our letters page atbucksnews@trinitysouth.co.uk.

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 13.8.66.

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Our friend Javier Resines, editor of, Criptozoologia En España writes to tell us:

CFZ has been the winner of the Kraken Awards in International category !!

All information in :


We are very honoured, thank you very much.

DALE DRINNON: Sturgeon/Feathered dinosaurs/ Lane sisters

New Links for Good Friday:
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

On Tyler Stone's Blog
A posting about a feathered Tyrannosaur recently also featured by Darren Naish:

And on Benny's Blog, the connection between the Real and Fictional Lane Sisters:

KARL SHUKER: Hope you like his new direction

I have long planned to write a novel, especially one infused with elements of fantasy and featuring traditional but little-known mythological entities, but other projects have so far taken up all of my available time. However, I am currently experimenting during whatever spare time I can find by writing short stories in this specific vein, interspersed with factual commentary. Here is one of my stories.

Today, tales of vampires are largely confined to novels, television series, and films, especially in the Western world. In the Philippines, conversely, the fear of what are widely considered there to be real, and very dangerous, supernatural bloodsuckers, lives on – as do, at least allegedly, these entities themselves. Nor is there just one type of Filipino vampire either. On the contrary, a bewildering, somewhat interchangeable array of forms and sexes have been reported, named, and classified. Among the best-known are the berbalangs of Mapun Island, which resemble monstrous humanoid bats but whose astral essence departs their physical bodies at nights to infiltrate those of sleeping humans, whereupon these fiendish horrors feed upon their victims’ entrails. The predominant category of Filipino vampires, however, comprises the aswangs.

Read on...


The Gonzo blog today is another rather groovy one (but when isn't it?)

We revisit Michael Des Barres's forthcoming album, and wonder at the acausive synchronicity of the whole 'Best of British' thing:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/michael-de-barres-true-brit.html

We have an exclusive video interview with Gonzo head honcho Rob Ayling. He talks about the Gonzo ethos, the lost broadcasts, and forthcoming releases by Frank Zappa, Stephen Stills and Captain Beefheart:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/exclusive-video-chat-with-gonzo-md-rob.html

Whilst on the subject of Captain Beefheart and the forthcoming Gonzo dvd, here are some interesting snippets including a blogpost about his birthplace, and a cartoon depiction of his life by the ever wonderful John Allison:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/where-captain-beefheart-was-born.html

The world is a poorer place because, 'the father of loud', Jim Marshall has died:

In my day job I am a cryptozoologist, and over the past thirteen years I have studied the grotesque vampiric chupacabras, and even written two books about it. Now proggers Phideaux (who I suspect got their name from the 1975 Goodies annual) get in on the act:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/chupacabras.html

I am a born-again Wally fan, and it seems that I am not the only one:

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
From CFZ Australia: