Rare thrush doomed to die in Dorset: Bird seen in UK just once a year perishes after crashing into window

  • A rare bird, which is only recorded once a year in the UK, has been found dead 
  • White’s thrush was discovered in Dorset after it tragically crashed into a window
  • Figure show it has been record in Britain on average just once a year since 1850 

 A bird so rare it is only recorded in Britain once a year has been found dead – after it crashed into a window and broke its neck.

The White’s thrush was found in a garden in Weymouth, Dorset, where painter Lawrence Dagnall was working. 

Named after naturalist Gilbert White, the birds are native to forests 3,000 miles away in Russia.

Birdwatcher Mr Dagnall, 62, said its chances of survival were always slim ‘but this was a particularly underwhelming ending for it’.

The rare White’s Thrush bird, which is only recorded once a year in the UK, was tragically found dead in a garden in Dorset 

He contacted Portland Bird Observatory and showed them a photo.

He was told that the bird was actually an extremely rare White’s Thrush.

Figure show it has been record in Britain on average just once a year since 1850.

Mr Dagnall said: ‘I knew something was different and sure enough after showing the observatory they told me I’d been involved in one of the rarest bird sightings in recent history.

‘I got on my bike and cycled back to the house, and scooped the bird up putting him in a plastic bag.

‘When I arrived at the observatory they couldn’t quite believe it.

‘They told me that these birds visit the UK once every year at the most- and that’s usually in the Shetland Islands.’

Portland Bird Observatory have kept hold of the bird and are hoping to get it into a museum, but for now it remains in a storage freezer on site. 

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