Intrepid Retirees spot Rare
North American Vagrant…
A small, but perfectly formed, band of mature birdwatchers discovered a Long Billed Dowitcher at Oare Marshes yesterday. The wader, blown many thousands of miles off course from North America should have been wintering in South America but was found feeding in the shallows by the Kent roadside. Thrilled by this discovery was group leader, Briar Blake for whom anything new at her age is usually a “symptom”. “Roger and I have been birding for 25 years and this is a “first” for us”, she told our wildlife reporter Bill Dowhistler. Group member and aptly named Brian Swift Senior, was also the first to spot a rare spoonbill at the same site which is a magnet for professional birdwatchers and photographers. The U3A bird group hail from Edenbridge, nr. Sevenoaks and are living proof that it is never too late to be at the cutting (roadside) edge of life and make some remarkable discoveries.
Article reproduced courtesy Kentish Times Sat. 29th October