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.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

1,000 twitchers in a flap as ‘lost’ rare bird flies into Britain

MORE than a thousand bird watchers got themselves into a flap after a rare wader took a 4,000-mile detour to Britain.


PUBLISHED: 00:01, Mon, Apr 27, 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51, Mon, Apr 27, 2015

The Hudsonian godwit usually migrates to South America in the winter and then heads north to its breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska in spring.

It is only been spotted in the UK a handful of times.

A keen-eyed twitcher spotted the bird late last week before news spread via an online forumon Saturday after an expert confirmed the sighting.

A crowd of birdwatchers from all over the country lined the water’s edge on the Somerset Levels by the afternoon.

Birdwatcher Michael Trew, 70, said: “It is quite a strange affair.

"We don’t know how long it has even been here.

“It’s not supposed to be here at all.

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