Duncannon all a flutter at rare bird sighting

Published 16/01/2016 | 00:00

ORNITHOLOGISTS gathered on Duncannon pier on Monday to witness a sight unseen in Europe ever before, namely the arrival of an East Siberian Herring Gull.

Arriving fittingly on one of the coldest days of the past year, the white Siberian gull with its distinctive yellow beak had wildlife photographers in a flap, with more than 20 gathering to watch it in flight.

A crowd of bird enthusiasts from England is due to arrive today (Tuesday) in the hope of seeing the unique visitor first hand.

The adult Vega Gull (East Siberian Gull, or East Siberian herring Gull (Larus vegae), was spotted by Killian Mullarnwy and is alone. It has not completed its primary moult which would be expectional for a European Herring Gull at this time of year. It is believed the stormy weather caused the bird to veer off course from either Siberia in Russia or Japan, and arrive in Duncannon. The exciting new arrival to the coastal village is sure to be a talking point over the coming weeks locally, while providing a boost to the local economy.

Wexford People

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