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...
Squatters force swallows to build a new home
Lister Cumming from Aberdeenshire said: "The swallows have used the same nests for many years in the eaves of both sides of my sister in law's front door. However in 2012 they returned from their long migration to Africa to find that some squatters had moved and made some substantial alterations to their home."
Satellite-tracked cuckoo takes surprise route to Africa
A satellite-tracked male cuckoo has taken a "surprising" route on his way back to Africa this summer.
The team from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) monitoring Lyster’s movements thought he would follow the same route as last year.
However, instead of flying west around the Sahara Desert he was tracked 1,000km east on the Algerian coast, ten days earlier than his 2011 route.
The team think favourable conditions could be responsible for the change.
The study has already shown how little time these birds spend in Britain and where in Africa they spend the winter.
Experts hope it may also provide insights into why there has been a 50% decline in British cuckoos over the last 25 years.
Paul Stancliffe, part of the cuckoo-tracking team, told BBC Nature that they "expected Lyster to follow the same route as last year".
"But to our surprise it was 1,000km east after an extraordinary 500km crossing of the Mediterranean Sea," Mr Stancliffe said.
A potential reason for this change in route is that he found it a suitable habitat after having travelled through the same region of Algeria earlier in 2012 during his journey from Africa to the UK.
Another explanation is that he simply drifted off course.
Lyster arrived in Algeria on August 1 and remained there for two days before setting off in the late afternoon of August 3.
He headed southwest, flying diagonally across the Sahara Desert, and is currently in southern Mauritania.
"It will be interesting to see if he makes his way to his 2011 stopover location," Mr Stancliffe told BBC Nature.
Although five birds were tagged in 2011, the only other surviving signal comes from a cuckoo called Chris.
Chris is currently south of the Sahara on the northern shore of Lake Chad, 2,000km north of his 2011 stopover location.
He has followed a very similar route to the one he took last year, flying straight over the Sahara.
To provide further data, another 11 cuckoos were tagged by the BTO this year, taking the total number of traceable birds to 13.
Rare bird sighting
A RECENT sighting at Montrose Basin has had local twitchers twittering to catch a glimpse of a rare bird that rejoices in the nickname of the “flying pig.”