Hundreds flock to see American Yellow Warbler in Portland

Hundreds of bird enthusiasts have flocked to the Isle of Portland following sightings of an American Yellow Warbler.

The native American bird is thought to have been blown across the Atlantic by Hurricane Gert while migrating to South America.Martin Cade, of Portland Bird Observatory, said it was “pretty amazing” to see the warbler.It is believed to be the first time one has been seen in England.The birds are common in the US and migrate annually between North and South America.

Mr Cade said the warbler could have been caught up in storms while crossing the Caribbean and blown across to Europe with “a hell of a tailwind”.Another one has also been spotted on Mizen Head on the south west tip of Ireland in recent days.Mr Cade said the bird, about the size of a robin, was “feeding well and appeared active”. [ . . . ] More: Hundreds flock to see American Yellow Warbler in Portland – BBC News

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