Rare appearance of tiny bird causes big stir on Vancouver Island

A small bird native to Asia and Europe is causing a stir among birders on Vancouver Island.

The redwing, or turdus iliacus, has been spotted in the Greater Victoria Area numerous times in the past three weeks.

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The bird resembles a robin, but is mostly brown and considered unremarkable in its appearance.

However, bird watchers say that this is only the second time the bird has been seen in British Columbia, making the redwing sighting extra special.

According to the Victoria Natural History Society, and blogs that track “rare bird alerts,” the redwing has been seen in the Victoria area since at least Dec. 19. The bird was also spotted as recently as Sunday.

The unusual presence of the redwing, which is expected to migrate back to Asia in the spring, has attracted birders from other parts of Canada and the U.S.

One enthusiast called it “a big treat not just for us, but for people from all over the western U.S. and beyond.”

The Redwing in Victoria showed himself again today (Dec 23) as did the Yellow-breasted Chat. https://t.co/YZOprSCrSfpic.twitter.com/MFfH4RnMQ8

— Natural History Soc (@VictoriaNHS) December 23, 2015

With a report from CTV Vancouver


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