LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) — A bird that took a wrong turn on its way from North America to Latin America and ended up in Britain has birdwatchers there excited, observers say.
A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, native to Canada and the Northeast United States, has drawn hundreds of birdwatchers to the England’s Norfolk coast after apparently getting lost while migrating to Central or South America for the winter, The Daily Mail reported Monday.
The bird was first seen on Saturday and news of the sighting spread through the United Kingdom’s Rare Bird Alert network, the newspaper said.
“When I heard there was a Flycatcher on the east coast it was almost too much to believe and I had to see it for myself,” said David Norgate, 44, who made the hourlong walk from the nearest parking lot to the clump of sycamore trees where the bird has made its unexpected home.
Paul Noakes of Great Yarmouth, a birdwatcher for 45 years, managed to catch a glimpse of the wayward traveler.
“Sadly, it must have got lost and will never get back again. Very often birds that get lost like this don’t survive, particularly if the weather remains bad,” he said.
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