Rare black-winged kite spotted in Alderney

  • Published
Black-winged kiteImage source, Getty Images
Image caption,
The black-winged kite has never been spotted in the UK

A rare black-winged kite has been spotted in Alderney.

Alderney Bird Observatory warden John Horton spotted the raptor while "pottering about in the garden".

He said he happened to look up to see the bird "coming in over the sea", adding: "If I wasn't on lockdown I wouldn't have seen it."

The first recorded sighting of the kite in the Channel Islands was made in Guernsey in 2018.

The bird of prey has never been recorded in the UK, the British Trust for Ornithology confirmed.

Image source, Alderney Bird Observatory
Image caption,
John Horton said he would never have spotted the bird from his garden if not for the lockdown

Mr Horton described the sighting as "enormous news" for the British bird-watching community, as the furthest north the species is recorded to breed is central Spain.

"We're 1,000 miles north of where it should be," he said.

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.