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fever twitch; 1,000 spotters jostle for glimpse of bird on its first visit to the UK.

Byline: LOUIE SMITH

BIRDS of a feather flock together... and these excited twitchers gather in the hope of seeing a British first.

More than 1,000 birdwatchers landed by the sea in their bid to glimpse an acadian flycatcher.

It appears the creature was blown thousands of miles off course during the migration from North America to South America.

The small bird was spotted hopping around the pebbles on the beach at Dungeness, Kent.

Enthusiast Dave Mairs said: "It's been a poor year for rarities in Kent, then this turned up."

Twitchers from as far afield as Lancashire descended on the headland but there are fears the weary flycatcher has died.

Its poo will be DNA tested to identify what kind of bird it was.

If it is confirmed as an acadian flycatcher it will be the first one ever recorded in the UK.

louie.smith@mirror.co.uk

It has been a poor year for rarities in Kent... then this has turned up DAVE MAIRS ON THE EXCITEMENT OVER THE LITTLE BIRD

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2015
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