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Rare Bird Sightings
May 2005
by Steve Botham

Trumpeter Finch - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
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This Trumpeter Finch was spotted at Languard in Suffolk on the 22nd May. It's a juvenile, possibly a female. Unusually a second Trumpeter finch was spotted at Tankerton in Kent the same week.

Trumpeter finches are extremely rare vagrants in the U.K. with only eight British records up to date. This is the first twitchable one for 21 years. Staff at Languard estimated 5,000 people came to see the bird over the weekend it showed up.

These birds thrive in barren areas, and are well at home in the desert conditions of North Africa, so their arrival here in the U.K. is possibly a result of recent dust storms in the Sahara.

Trumpeter finches can also be found in southern Spain, the Canaries and Turkey.

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