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Thousands of bird watchers descended on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire to see the rare trap bird

Where is the small stairwell? Thousands of twitchers flock to the wildlife park hoping for & # 39; very rare & # 39; to spot birds just a few days after it was first seen in 73 years

  • Thus & # 39; n 2000 bird watchers saw a glimpse of the & # 39; very rare & # 39; trap bird
  • Twitchers bird descended on Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire
  • Martin McGill called it a & # 39; mega sighting & # 39; and cursed when he first saw the bird
  • The last reported sighting of the bird in Gloucestershire was in May 1946
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Thousands of birdwatchers have gathered in a nature reserve to catch a glimpse of a & # 39; very rare & # 39; kickbird in the United Kingdom.

The small stairwell has not been visible in the Gloucestershire area since 1946, but wildlife enthusiast Martin McGill saw one on Sunday.

The news of the sight spread quickly and then thousands of twitchers, bird lovers who make every effort to find rare birds, descendants of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge.

About 2,000 twitchers in line for the chance to win the & # 39; mega & # 39; to see and photograph rare sightings.

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Thousands of bird watchers descended on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire to see the rare trap bird

Thousands of bird watchers descended on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire to see the rare trap bird

Reserve guard McGill said: I swear and used some very naughty words when I saw it, but it is extremely rare.

& # 39; This is a mega observation, so we probably have around 2000 people now. It is important for many people, so we hope it stays this weekend. & # 39;

He said his first reaction when he saw that the & # 39; extremely rare & # 39; male bird & # 39; cannot be published & # 39 ;.

Tony Whitehead, of the RSPB, said: & # 39; It is a rather scarce bird, there have only been 27 visits from the small stairs to the UK since 1950.

About 2000 twitchers, bird lovers who make every effort to find rare birds, stand in line for the chance to win the & # 39; mega & # 39; rare sighting of the trap bird (stock image) to see and photograph

About 2000 twitchers, bird lovers who make every effort to find rare birds, stand in line for the chance to win the & # 39; mega & # 39; rare sighting of the trap bird (stock image) to see and photograph

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About 2000 twitchers, bird lovers who make every effort to find rare birds, stand in line for the chance to win the & # 39; mega & # 39; rare sighting of the trap bird (stock image) to see and photograph

Tony Whitehead, of the RSPB, said: & # 39; It is a rather scarce bird, there have only been 27 visits from the small stairs to the UK since 1950 & # 39 ;. The last reported sighting was also in May 1946 in Gloucestershire

Tony Whitehead, of the RSPB, said: & # 39; It is a rather scarce bird, there have only been 27 visits from the small stairs to the UK since 1950 & # 39 ;. The last reported sighting was also in May 1946 in Gloucestershire

Tony Whitehead, of the RSPB, said: & # 39; It is a rather scarce bird, there have only been 27 visits from the small stairs to the UK since 1950 & # 39 ;. The last reported sighting was also in May 1946 in Gloucestershire

What is the trap bird:

The trap bird is one of the heaviest flying birds and can weigh up to 21 kg.

They can be found in grasslands in Europe, from Spain to Russia, but also in Asia, around Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.

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The staircase is an endangered species that became extinct nationally in the UK when the last one was shot in 1832.

Source: RSPB and GreatBustard.org

& # 39; But the last few days there has (also) been an influx of painted lady butterflies with the warm weather, so it is possible that the very hot weather in France and Spain is causing a little movement. & # 39;

The small staircase is a large bird in the staircase family and breeds in Southern Europe and in West and Central Asia.

The southernmost European birds are mainly resident, but other population groups migrate further south in the winter.

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The last reported sighting was also in May 1946 in Gloucestershire and in 2014 in Great Britain.

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