U.K. Birdwatchers Flock to See Rare Robin, First Sighting in 40 Years

U.K. Birdwatchers Flock to See Rare Robin, First Sighting in 40 Years

a little something called the Rufous Bush Chat, otherwise known as the Rufous-tailed scrub robin. but the rarity of its presence was more than enough to get all these fellas together for a closer look. It's in the sueada…Extraordinary scenes at Stiffkey. Hint … but is rarely seen in northern Europe. which helps some. @MikeHoit/Twitter

One last thing … As for how it ended up in the U.K. Last time it was spotted in Britain was in 1980, out in the shire county of Devon … It usually breeds in Mediterranean areas, and can even be found in areas around Africa … Mike got a great photograph of the robin stealthily hidden among the fields in the marsh. His challenge — see if you can find it with your naked eye. … pic.twitter.com/gb7LRuM6Qf— TheWhiteFalcon (@Vaasetter) October 17, 2020
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Now, Rufous here might not be much to look at from a first glance … @MikeHoit/Twitter

The beast in question … About 100 guys who get a kick out of peering through binoculars gathered up their best gear early Saturday in Stiffkey, England — a parish along North Norfolk — and flocked to the nearby salt marsh to get a gander at a rare bird who hadn’t graced their area in 40 years. And besides, they’re outdoors … southwest. 10/17/2020 11:48 AM PT

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A robin about the size of an orange got a bunch of bird watchers off their asses and out to the wetlands from across the pond, ’cause this was something they just couldn’t miss. Ecologist Mike Hoit — who was on the scene snapping shots — tells us that while it may appear a lot of the guys out there were unsafely clustered together, the gathering was much more socially distanced than photos might suggest. this according to the BBC. local bird experts reportedly suggested it was seeking a more tropical climate, but somehow got turned around on its journey and landed there.