Printer Friendly

Twitchers flock to isle to see rare bird.

Excited twitchers from all over the UK are heading for Barra after a rare songbird was spotted on the island.

A Swainson's thrush, usually found in Canada and Alaska, is thought to have been swept off course by recent Atlantic storms.

The birds normally migrate to southern Mexico in the winter and have been seen as far south as Argentina.

There are only a handful of sightings in Britain a year.

A spokesman for the website Birdguides.com said:"We already know of a carload of birders - including one chap from Bristol - who have driven to Glasgow then caught a plane to Barra to see this thrush.

"They will soon be joined by others. It is what enthusiastic birders do.

"There are only one or two sightings of Swainson's thrush in the UK a year, if that. It is a very rare visitor."

The thrush, named after English ornithologist William Swainson, is noted for its beautiful song.

Meanwhile another rare bird has turned up in the Outer Hebrides, again brought by the recent Atlantic gales.

A long-billed dowitcher has been recorded at Loch Grogarry on North Uist just days after a cattle egret - normally found hanging around with hippos in Africa - was spotted on the same island.

CAPTION(S):

SONGBIRD Thrush
COPYRIGHT 2012 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 7, 2012
Words:211
Previous Article:OUR JEN'S JUST TEENSATIONAL; BIG-HEARTED SIS UP FOR RADIO 1 AWARD; Young fundraiser hailed at A-list Wembley bash; EXCLUSIVE.
Next Article:FREE BOOKS; YOUR CHANCE TO GRAB COLLECTION FOR KIDS.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters