Rare Thrush Nightingale bird sticks around in Hartlepool

Twitchers looking for the bird in the Tea Garden, Headland
Twitchers looking for the bird in the Tea Garden, Headland

A RARE bird attracted twitchers to Hartlepool for a second day.

The Thrush Nightingale decided to spend another day on The Headland in Hartlepool and was once again watched by bird lovers from around the region, hopping around in bushes opposite The Borough Hall.

A throng of around 20 bird-watchers, armed with binoculars, telescopes and cameras could be seen standing in a line each trying to get a glimpse of our foreign visitor.

The little brown-coloured tweeter, which is about the size of a robin, is thought to be the first of the species to visit the region for 16 years.

Bird expert Liz Morgan from RSPB Saltholme said the Thrush Nightingale spends our winters in Africa and then migrates to breed in North-East Europe, in countries like Norway, Sweden, Russia and the top of Asia.

She believes the bird has ended up in Hartlepool due to it being blown off course, as it would not ordinarily choose to come here.

She said: “This is a very rare breed and the UK may only see about three turning up each year, in a good year.

“The last time a Thrush Nightingale was spotted in Cleveland was in 1997 so it’s big news among bird-watchers and they’ve all been heading down to the Headland to catch a glimpse.”

“We see so few of them in this country that the bird-watchers are all delighted.”