Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Bird lover misses out on sighting

Bird lover misses out on sighting

"An unlucky bird lover has travelled the length of Britain only to just miss sighting a rare American visitor.

The purple martin, which matures to a glossy, purple-black plumage, is the largest of the North American swallows.

When Lee Evans, from Buckinghamshire, heard one had been spotted in Scotland he set off for the Isle of Lewis.

"I feel absolutely gutted"
- Lee Evans
Bird-spotter

But after travelling more than 650 miles, Mr Evans missed the martin by only an hour, the 12th time he has missed a bird in the last few weeks. " - BBC News