Woman travels seeking rare bird comes home to find it in her own garden

January 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Many times what we seek is right there in front of us, and this is one of those cases. Janet Davies, 58, of Helston, Cornwall, England travelled to Norway from her home in England in the hope of seeing a rare snow bunting. She was not successful in her quest but ironically found the bird on her garden fence when she returned home.

The avid birdwatcher who had travelled to the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen far within the arctic circle, said: “It was quite a surprise – there it was sitting in my garden. It must have been blown off course.” The birds are normally found in Scandinavia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Scotland and are rarely seen in England. There are thought to be only about 70 breeding pairs in Britain.


One Response to “Woman travels seeking rare bird comes home to find it in her own garden”

  1. Paul on January 2nd, 2009 12:15 pm

    It would be a great story if it weren’t for the fact that this particular bird is simply a leucistic (part albino) version of an extremely common garden bird, namely a ‘Chaffinch’.

    Secondly, Snow Buntings are fairly abundant along U.K. coasts during the winter months with substantial flocks spending winter in warmer climates than their usual Northerly breeding grounds.

    So, a bit of misidentification from an overly enthusiastic backyard birder, and the British media making fools of themselves as per usual.

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