Rare American bird found in Kerry

A rare American bird, which was blown across the Atlantic, has been found in Kerry.

The bird, a North American least bittern, was found by John O’Donoghue in his garden in Farranfore, after last week’s Storm Lorenzo blew it off course.

It’s believed to be the first sighting of this species in Ireland; there are only nine previous European sightings of it recorded.

Shortly after being found, the bird sadly died of exhaustion.

However, Mr O’Donoghue told Jerry O’Sullivan there’s still significant interest in it:

 

 

Bird expert Ed Carty says discovering a North American least bittern in Kerry is a phenomenal find: