A few weeks ago we turned into twitchers as a German birder pointed out to us something incredibly unusual on the lake at São Lourenço, a Green Heron.
Green Herons are neither Portuguese native or visitor; in fact it is extremely rare to see one in Western Europe as they are American herons. This one is a vagrant, and must have been blown off course by the storms in the Autumn. It was first spotted here in mid October, and the lake and surrounding wetlands are perfect habitat for it. However it is obviously still disorientated from its unusual journey as they are almost nocturnal birds, and so to see it so easily during daylight is not a great sign.
Not that will have bothered most twitchers, as many of them have travelled miles to see it so they can tick it off their lists. As birders it was interesting to see, but our lasting emotion was one of sadness. This bird shouldn’t be here, it should be in north or central America.