"BIRD NEVER RECORDED IN BRITAIN......
DEAD WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRD WASHES UP ON MAWBRAY BANK, CUMBRIA
" The Tropicbird, which normally occurs and breeds in tropical areas (such as Caribbean islands), was found on the tideline
at Mawbray Bank by Peter Scott of Workington, on 6 January. It was
rotten and Peter only collected the two tail streamers to use to
identify the bird. Peter showed the feathers to Steve Hewitt (Natural
History Curator at Tullie House Museum) that evening and they decided it
was probably a Tropicbird. Steve was keen to recover the body so they
went back up to Mawbray and located the bird in the dark before the tide
moved it. The specimen is intact but very smelly and shedding patches
of feathers. It is now in the freezer at Tullie House Museum. The
information has been submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee
(BBRC), the official adjudicator of rare bird records in Britain, and if
accepted, will be a new species for the British list."
What a sad and tragic end to what could have been MEGA of the year!!!