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, 4 May 2016

Rare American visitor graces Burra garden

14:55 Tuesday, 03 May 2016 | Written by Hans J Marter

When Lynn Goodlad noticed the bird on Tuesday morning she initially thought it was a toy and someone was playing a trick on her.

RosebreastedGrosbeak08.jpgBut when finch-sized bird started moving she quickly realised that she was dealing with something very special.
After failing to find the bird in her guidebooks she went online and posted a photo on the Shetland Birds & Wildlife Facebook page.

Within minutes the phone started ringing and online comments began to flow in. The Rare Bird Alert twitter feed posted a photo to the global twitcher community.

"It just snowballed from there. It has been amazing and a little surreal," Lynn described her morning.

She said a constant flow of people had started arriving near her family's home at Bridge End, in Burra, hoping to get a glimpse of the rare American visitor.

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