Fears over welfare of exotic bird

Fears over welfare of exotic birdExcitement has been growing among bird-watchers after several sightings of a hoopoe – a European woodland bird which usually migrates to Africa at this time of year.

Somehow it has been blown hundreds of miles off course and has ended up in Gosport. But there is concern among 'twitchers' who have converged on Felicia Park Urban Community Farm, in Hardway, that the bird could die.

The hoopoe uses its long, curved bill to dig for food, but if the land is frozen over it proves harder to find.

Adrian Thomas, spokesman for the 'Royal Society for the Protection of Birds', said: "It's possible with luck and mild weather it may survive. It's a tough call."

Via : Portsmouthtoday.co.uk