Siberian blue robin excites bird watchers in Orkney

From BBC - October 10, 2017

Bird watchers have been left in a bit of a flap after the rare arrival of an off-track adult Siberian blue robin in North Ronaldsay.

It is believed to be the first adult male of the breed in the UK, although juveniles have been seen before.

The bird should be spending the winter in Indonesia, but is thought to have been blown off course by bad weather.

The distinctive robin was helped out of a derelict house, and the sighting has sparked wide interest.

'Could not get out'

One of the people who spotted and helped free it, Lewis Hooper, told BBC Scotland the bird was way off track.

He said: "We had not really seen much and were heading back to our bikes when something flitted across.

"We were not sure what it was so we chased it a little bit, it kept flitting away and suddenly it flitted into a derelict house.

"It was flitting against the window and could not get out."

'Pretty perky'


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