Rare bird spotted at Portsmouth marshes

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A RARE bird has been spotted at Farlington Marshes – only the sixth time it has been spotted there in decades.

According to Hampshire Wildlife Trust, birders at the marshes were lucky enough to see a white-rumped sandpiper, an American wading bird that breeds in Arctic Canada and winters in South America.

The species is an annual visitor to the British Isles, but since the 1980s it has usually only seen in Hampshire every five or six years. The weekend sighting marks the sixth at Farlington in recent decades.

Picture: Trevor Codlin