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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Twitterstorm: why British birdsong is vital to music

From the nightingale to the linnet, via the blackcap and the corn bunting, UK birdsong is as unique and inspiring as the music it influences

Nightingales have played the unwitting muse to human poets, playwrights and composers for centuries, from Shakespeare and Hardy to Coleridge and Tchaikovsky. Last year, Nitin Sawhney received a front-row performance from one such feathered troubadour during the making of TV show The Animal Symphony – an experience the initially sceptical composer described to me as “a revelation” [ . . . ] More at source: Twitterstorm: why British birdsong is vital to music | Music | The Guardian

Rare blackbird spotted in Orkney causing birdwatchers from all over UK to flock to island – Daily Record


The red-winged blackbird is common in North America but has never been seen before in Europe.

Birdwatchers on Orkney reckon they’ve caught sight of a bird never seen before in Europe.

The spotters in North Ronaldsay have seen the red-winged blackbird on the island.

The creature is common in North America and may have been blown over to Scots shores by strong winds across the Atlantic during peak spring migration.

An adult female was photographed by Simon Davies of the island’s bird observatory
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Source: Rare blackbird spotted in Orkney causing birdwatchers from all over UK to flock to island – Daily Record