Bird watchers converge on Miramichi after mistle thrush lands on resident's lawn
By Elizabeth Fraser, CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:33 PM AT Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017 10:52 PM AT
A "mega-rarity" bird blew into Miramichi over the weekend, and it's attracting bird lovers from across Eastern Canada and the U.S. who've never seen one in North America before.
Peter Gadd said a European mistle thrush landed near a mountain ash tree on his lawn and has been drawing crowds ever since.
"I saw a bird and thought, 'OK, that's a little different,'" said Gadd, who spotted the bird on Saturday.
Gadd and his wife, Deana, have been active birders for more than four years.
After spotting the bird and carefully studying its features, Gadd tried to find something similar in one of his several North American bird books.
Nothing seemed to match.
So he sent photos to bird experts, who quickly recognized the rare bird.
"It doesn't get any rarer than this," said Jim Wilson, a New Brunswick-based birder and naturalist, who visited the Gadd residence.