December 21 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The sighting of an extremely rare bird in Norfolk has got twitchers in a flap - with spotters travelling from across the country to catch a glimpse of it.
A Great Knot has flown into Great Yarmouth, sparking great excitement among the birding community.
Hundreds of enthusiasts have flocked to Breydon Water with telescopes, binoculars and cameras to observe the elusive wader, which has only been spotted in Britain on three previous occasions.
Brian Egan, from Norwich-based Rare Bird Alert, said the Great Knot was first spotted on Sunday night by local twitchers, and had drawn huge crowds yesterday and today.
“We reported it at 6.10am so lots of people could get there before work,” he added. “It’s one of those enigmatic rarities that turn up very occasionally in Britain.
“There’s only been three previously in Britain and the one that was seen by most people was actually called Great Dot as opposed to Great Knot because it was so far away.”
The sighting of the small grey and white mottled wader has sparked interest across the UK, with twitchers travelling to Yarmouth from all over the country.
And news of its appearance in the seaside resort has even reached Europe with one enthusiast crossing the Channel to get a glimpse of it.
Mr Egan said: “There was a nice moment last night. Some of the watchers were watching it when a man rushed up and said ‘can I have a look in your scope?’. He was very happy [to have seen it] and had come from the north of France.
“He’d never seen it anywhere in the world. I think he drove all day, managed to get on a ferry or train and managed to get there before dark.”
The number of visitors flocking to Breydon Water had easily reached the hundreds, Mr Egan added, and if the Great Knot stayed until the weekend he thought the figures would “definitely” reach the thousands.
“It’s a special bird. In rarity terms it’s a very big deal,” he said.