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.

Monday 9 November 2015

Twitchers hire PLANES to catch glimpse of rare bird on first UK visit

18:49, 29 OCT 2015
UPDATED 18:51, 29 OCT 2015

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

Chestnut Bunting (Emberiza rutila) Eocheong Island, Korea May 2012.jpgRare tweet: Twitchers have flocked to Papa Westray to see the chestnut bunting

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, 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.

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