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Aug 13, 2017

Red-winged Blackbird lands in Scotland

 Photo by Simon Davies
First ever reported in Europe
Photo by Arthur Morris
A female Red-winged Blackbird (pictured above) from North America has become a must-see sight in Scotland at the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory on the Orkney Islands. The bird was spotted in late April of this year.   It is the first ever spotted in the United Kingdom or the entire western Palaearctic.   British birders in particular have stampeded to see it and add to their lists.   The photo at left shows a female with her wings spread and displaying the red feathers on its upper wings; a sight I have never seen before in the wild or in photos.
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