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Belted Kingfisher spotted on Scilly

A Belted Kingfisher has been spotted on the Isles of Scilly for the first time ever.

Belted Kingfisher by Lee Rentz on Flickr

The bird, found by Ashley Fisher, is only the fourth for Britain.

According to reports on Twitter, it flew over Porth Hellick towards Carn Friars at 12.19pm. It was also seen at Porth Minnick.

Bob Dawson said: "It seems to be commuting between Porth Hellick and Old Town. Joe [Pender] has some more pictures now. With spring tides it might get onto the pools at high tide."

Ashley described the find as "the realisation of a lifelong dream", while local birder Al Hannington called the bird a "mega mega rarity".

The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large water kingfisher, commonly found in the northern USA and Canada.

Bob added that there is a Laughing Gull (also from North America) by Karma St Martin’s Hotel.

nb The photo above is not of the bird on Scilly


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