U.K. Birdwatchers Flock to See Rare Robin, First Sighting in 40 Years
An orange-sized blackbird pulled a bunch of birdwatchers out of their butts and into the wetlands across the pond because that was something they just could not miss.
About 100 guys who enjoy looking through binoculars gathered their best gear early Saturday in Stiffkey, England – a parish along North Norfolk – and flocked to the nearby salt marsh to take a look at a bird rare who did not have. t honored their region in 40 years.
The beast in question … a little something called the Rufous Bush Chat, otherwise known as the Rufous-tailed Scrub robin. It usually breeds in Mediterranean areas and can even be found in areas around Africa … but is rarely seen in northern Europe. The last time he was spotted in Britain was in 1980, in County Devon, according to the BBC.
As for how he ended up in the UK … local bird experts suggested he was looking for a more tropical climate, but he kind of turned around on his trip and landed there – low.
Now, Rufous here might not be much to watch at first glance … but the rarity of his presence was more than enough to bring all of these guys together for a closer look. Ecologist Mike Hoit – who was on the stage taking photos – tells us that while it may seem like a lot of the guys weren’t grouped together safely, the gathering was a lot more socially distant than the photos suggest. And besides, they’re on the outside … which helps some.
One more thing … Mike got a great photo of the blackbird peeking out among the swamp fields. His challenge – see if you can find him with the naked eye. Clue … southwest.
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