Rare bird visits farm near Mintlaw

A rare type of bird has been spotted by a local couple at their farm outside Mintlaw.

Friday, 13th June 2014, 6:30 am
A Madagascan Hoopoe visited Easter Knock recently.

George and Jacqueline Howie of Easter Knock farm near Mintlaw first saw the bird in their garden recently.

Having seen the unusual creature, the couple went online to try and find out what kind of bird it was.

Having checked online, they believed it to be a rare Madagascan Hoopoe, which migrates from Africa to mainland Europe in the late spring.

A Madagascan Hoopoe visited Easter Knock recently.

Speaking to the Buchan Observer, George and Jacqueline said it was unusual, but not unheard of, for this type of bird to come to the UK.

Indeed, they later found out that there have been sightings of a Madagascan Hoopoe in Old Meldrum and Insch recently. Given the rarity of this species of bird, George and Jacqueline believe it is distinctly possible that it was the same bird that visited their garden.

Jacqueline first spotted the bird at around 11am and it hovered around the couple’s farm for at least three hours.

The exotic bird can be identified by a number of key features including its brown head, neck and chest; black and white wings; and long beak.

Upon discovering the Hoopoe, George and Jacqueline contacted the RSPB.

Commenting, Jacqueline said: “When I first saw it I was mesmerised by what I saw in the garden.

“I feel very lucky and fortunate to have seen this rare type of bird.”