Wednesday, 16 January 2008

White-crowned Sparrow

The village of Cley in Norfolk is currently playing host to a White-crowned Sparrow - only the fifth bird of this species to visit the British Isles. This North American bird arrived about 4th January in the garden of Sue and Richard Bending and so far well over a thousand twitchers have stood outside the garden gate to watch it.

The previously recorded sightings have been twice in 1977, at Fair Isle off Scotland and Hornsea Mere in North Yorkshire; once in 1995 at Seaforth on Merseyside; and once in 2003 in Cork.

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