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Old Friday 13th December 2002, 22:32   #1
El Annie
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Twitchers flock to see UK's first snowy egret.......

OK I know I said I'd put them all in C&C but this one is important birding NEWS and thus I think should go in this Forum........

A rare white heron that has attracted thousands of bird watchers to Western Scotland was yesterday confirmed as Britainís first ever snowy egret. The heron, from North America, was first seen at Balvicar, Argyll and Bute, on 5 November last year. A bird-watcher, Bill Jackson, had identified the bird by yellow markings at the base of its bill, its feet and the back of its legs. The snowy egret has been added as the 565th wild bird species in Britain by the British Ornithologistsí Union (BOU) and the British Birds Rarities Committee. Eric Meek, the Orkney-based chairman of the BOUís records committee, said: "This is a first for Britain and is highly unusual because of the extraordinary length of its stay, and the number of localities at which it was recorded, visiting three different counties, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway."
More information - Scotsman

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