Extremely rare Semipalmented Sandpiper spotted on Brownsea Island webcam
An extremely rare North American bird has scored a UK first after being spotted on a live webcam in Dorset, leading to the UK’s first-ever online twitch.
The semipalmated sandpiper was spotted on the Brownsea Island Lagoon webcam by Paul Morton, founder of the Birds of Poole Harbour education charity.
He said: “I was on the phone when I noticed on my computer monitor a bird I had never seen on the camera before. I quickly took some screen grabs and started circulating the pictures.”
It is the first recording of the bird in Poole Harbour, and only the eighth record for Dorset.
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