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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Monday, April 23, 2012

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 Canada:

GLEN VAUDREY: Whole Wide World #27

After a woeful delay we take another step across the north Atlantic bringing us to the surprisingly green shores of Iceland. A wonderful land of waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes, it was one of the many volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull, that in 2010 caused massive disruption to air travel all across northern Europe.

Today’s cryptid is closely connected to the geothermal events in Iceland; it’s the hot water loving Hverafuglar, the hot spring bird. This mystery bird is reported to be found swimming in some of the many geothermal pools that can be found around Iceland. These pools of hot water are not just tepid pools some of them really are near boiling and would certainly be warm enough to cook any normal bird daft enough to try landing in it.

The Hverafuglar has been described as a red-coloured duck, as well as a bird similar in appearance to a raven, or alternatively it’s a small tit which is black in colour with just a hint of grey about it.

While there might be variations in the descriptions I have only found the one set of instructions for cooking one of these birds, you need ice cold water to get the cooking under way, once in a pan of ice cold water it only takes an hour and a half to cook. Once suitably cooked it has been noted that the bird is edible but that there is a cold taste to it.

With sightings taking place as recently as the 1940s it is perhaps possible that the bird is still out there awaiting discovery.

If you want to know more about the Hverafuglar it’s well worth getting your hands on the CFZ 2011 Yearbook.

Our next stop will be the Faroe Isles.

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mirror 1.11.67.

DALE DRINNON: Pterosaurs/Tyler Stone/Cedar and Willow

New on Frontiers of Zoology:
A suggestion which I put forth as my own honest assessment of a small problem (consisting of two printed observations made in the 1960s but reported decades later) but which is going to draw flack from proponants of the usual cryptozoological identification theory:

Two new postings on Tyler Stone's new Cryptozoology blog:

And an advance notice of a review coming on Tyler's Paleontology blog:

I should mention that both Tyler and I have the greatest respect for Paleontology and it is for that reason I took the stance as indicated in my blog instead of going with the flow as it were (first link)

Also just posted at Cedar And Willow:

Best Wishes, Dale D.


Tuesday morning at the Gonzo Blog, and we have all sorts of goodies for you.
First up is part one of an exclusive interview that I did on sunday afternoon with Martin Birke, mainman of electronic music progect 'Genre Peak':

We also have the second part of our interview with the ever delightful Mimi Page:

..and we introduce you to a new Gonzo band called 'Auburn', who are really rather good:

We have some massively groovy links for you as well. Part one of a feature on Michael Des Barres, who we will be also talking to later this week:

An insightful review of Troy Donockley's new album:

And a Greek Interview with Jon Anderson:

Its all go here. See you again on the morrow...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2006 Snuppy (possibly spelt that way for copyright reasons), the world's first cloned dog, was born.

And now the news:

Drought in USA has killed 10,000 birds so far this...
Slender-horned gazelles - How to count them in the...
Deformities in Gulf Seafood Found After BP Oil Spi...
North American mink responsible for decline in isl...
Old Paint is Killing Rare Birds: Cleaning Up Toxic...
Thanh Hoa’s man illegally breeds 14 tigers
Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin: Farmers fi...
Spider eats snake - caught on camera
Massive great white shark caught in Sea of Cortez
Anti-whaling activist set for new campaign
Family shocked after pet hamster returns from dead...
Starbugs: Coffee chain Starbucks to stop using ins...
Dog lovers raising £1,000 to help save puppy’s lif...
Surfer 'ripped apart'
Praying mantis hijacks picture of spider in ultima...

Aww, dear little fellow:


RICHARD FREEMAN: Enormous owl?

CFZ Warwickshire rep Carl Marshall and I were out setting up camera traps the other day. Whilst on some waste ground close to Huddisford woods we came upon a gigantic owl pellet. It was so large that at first we mistook it for a dog turd. The pellet, which seemed to consist mostly of hair, measured fully five inches long. It seems far too big for most owls, with the exception of the huge European eagle owl. I have kept a number of owl species and the only ones that produced pellets anything like this size were eagle owls.

The eagle owl is a rare bird in the UK with only a small amount of breeding pairs. The RSPB are adamant that these are released or escaped individuals, saying that the sea amounts to a barrier that stops them naturally entering the UK. They also state that the species died out in Britain around 9000 years ago!

This all ignores the fact that eagle owls are known to fly hundreds of miles and could easily cross into the UK from mainland Europe. There have been many historic sightings of the bird in the UK. It seems to me that eagle owls are slowly recolonizing the UK naturally. Sure, the population will be boosted by escaped owls but on the whole it seems like a natural process.

The pellet is currently being soaked in a suspention of bicarbonate of soda to break it down in order to see if it contains any bones.

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Automaton Loch Ness Monster - Ure's Dictionary 1846

A mechanical 'automaton' of a sea monster with paddle wheel, flipper and moving head from 'Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines by Andrew Ure 1846.
An Exposition of their Principles and Practice.
Published by Longman, Brown etc., London. Rebound red leather. 1345 pages 23cm x 15cm.