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Twitchers flocking to Barra in search of rare bird

An American songbird never before seen in Scotland is the latest attraction in a mini tourism boom hitting one of the nation’s most far-flung outposts.

Twitchers from across the country are flocking to a tiny island in the Outer Hebrides after a scarlet tanager was blown there from across the Atlantic.

The distinctive bird has only been officially recorded in the UK and Ireland ten times in the past.

Now a young male of the species has been found at Creachan woodland on the Isle of Barra. It was first discovered on Monday and was still on the island on Tuesday.

For the full article please visit The Scotsman.

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