How an alcid from the Pacific Ocean ended up north Kent, at a nature reserve known as Oare Marshes to be exact, might never be known, but birders, to use a regretfully common description, are “flocking” to see the rarity. The finder of the bird, Murray Wright, who of course has now launched a thousand twitches, was twitching himself a bit. His description of finding the bird is as follows: “The ID wasn’t a problem. Panic then ensued, but I managed to take a few record shots, despite shaking uncontrollably. I still am.” The Independent has the story.
Corey, can you believe it??
There I was , last week, strolling along the river Neckar in Heidelberg when all of a sudden, a largish alcid made an appearance. I first thought it was an Atlantic Puffin but soon realized it was a Tufted Puffin!!! Amazing, a first for Germany and only the second European record ever!! Luckily, as I was shaking, I managed a few decent pictures.
Hey, wait a minute, some UK birder stole my pictures and claims them as his own, taken in Kent!! No wonder the Brits can’t relocate it.
I SO wish this was true…