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Monday, 4 November 2013

CAPE MAY WARBLER - second for Britain

A first-winter female CAPE MAY WARBLER was discovered by Unst (Shetland) birding resident Mike Pennington on Wednesday 23 October and went on to stay an incredible 11 days, eventually disappearing on Saturday 2 November. Although at first sticking religiously to the Sycamores at Hillside, it gradually became more mobile, eventually moving between The Manse garden, Balliasta Churchyard and the Sycamores at the old abandoned building to the west. Representing only the second record for Britain (and the first since May 1977), it proved hugely popular, eventually attracting over 450 twitchers, over 150 of which forking out over £600 to secure it on their Life Lists.