18:49, 29 OCT 2015
UPDATED 18:51, 29 OCT 2015
BY PAMELA PATERSON
Die-hard bird watchers have spent £500 to fly up to the Orkney islands to see the chestnut bunting, which is normally found in Asia
A rare bird thought to have touched down in Britain for the first time on a remote island has got twitchers in flap - and are even hiring PLANES to catch a glimpse.
Keen birdwatchers have been spending hundreds of pounds to reach Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, to see the chestnut bunting.
It is believed to be the first appearance of the bird, which is normally found in Asia, on British soil.
Josh Jones, from birdwatching website birdguides.com, said: “It’s really quite a long way from home. If accepted it would be a first record of its kind for Britain.
“It’s kind of a big deal. Everyone is getting quite excited about it.”
The small bird was first spotted on October 19 and identified two days later before disappearing until Saturday.