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... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Rare bird normally found in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka photographed in Britain

Birdwatchers were on ”mega alert” today after a rare creature was spotted on a British island.

More than 500 twitchers have flocked to the Isles of Scilly hoping to catch a glimpse of the Sykes’ Warbler.

The small bird is thousands of miles off course and is usually only found in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
But on Friday one was spotted in the tiny village of Old Grimsby on Tresco, one of the Scilly Isles.

Experts believe the feather-brained creature has become lost on its way to Asia.

The pale brown bird was first spotted by twitcher Dick Filby, 54, of Norwich, a regular visitor to the islands.

He said: “It was the first time I had ever seen one. I have been coming to the Isles of Scilly now for the past 38 consecutive autumns looking for migration.


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