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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Unusual visitor spotted in a West Bridgford garden – only 100 turn up in the UK each year

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The Hoopoe is rarely seen this far North and the few that are seen land on the south coast.

West Bridgford resident Alan Bowler and his wife spotted this visitor to his garden in the Trevor Road area of the town.

Alan said:

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‘Our grand-daughter identified it straight away as a Hoopoe.

‘She is becoming smarter than we are!

‘Apparently Hoopoes are seen regularly on our south coast in April and May but are only occasional visitors further north.

‘The recent good weather must have been the attraction.’

The RSPB says that the Hoopoe does not breed in the UK, but as many as 100 birds can turn up in spring (mostly seen as single birds) as birds migrating north to Europe from Africa overshoot and land on the south coast of England.

Hoopoes are listed as a Schedule 1 species on The Wildlife and Countryside Act.

The hoopoe is an exotic looking bird that is the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkish-brown body, striking black and white wings, a long black downcurved bill, and a long pinkish-brown crest which it raises when excited.