All eyes on rare Rubythroat

by Deborah Leggate -

GANGS of birdwatchers have been flocking up to Shetland to catch a glimpse of one of the rarest birds to alight in the UK.

The adult male Siberian Rubythroat has almost mythical status in birding circles, hailing from the other side of the Ural mountains and only sighted eight times in Britain, six of those being in Shetland.

Excitement has been heightened as previous sightings have been of females or juveniles, which do not have the distinctive scarlet patch on their throat.

The latest arrival turned up in Shetland's south mainland on Tuesday, but it was Wednesday before its identity was confirmed.

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