Brecks bird spotted in Spain

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BIRD experts are flying high after a sun-seeking stone curlew was spotted 700 miles from home.

The bird, Blas, was ringed as a chick at RAF Lakenheath by the RSPB’s Stone Curlew Recovery Project team in 2009.

But earlier this year the bird was seen by Spanish twitcher, Manuel Fernandez Pejuelo, in northern Spain.

He said: “I saw the first stone curlews wintering here in Asturias in 2007 and I have recorded them here for the last six years.

“This is the first colour-ringed stone curlew I have observed and it was exciting to find out from the RSPB that Blas had travelled here all the way from the Brecks.”

The RSPB team think it likely that Blas will return to the Brecks after his Spanish jaunt.

Tim Cowan, Breckland stone curlew officer, said: “We have been working with farmers and other landowners to protect stone curlew chicks for 27 years.

“It is always exciting to hear about one of the chicks we have ringed here in the Brecks and Blas is no exception.”

The birds nest at Weeting Heath, near Brandon, from April to September.