One of the rarest birds ever found near Audlem

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A frigatebird, which probably originated from the tropical West Atlantic, somehow found itself recently in the Audlem area. It was eventually rescued on the Cheshire/Shropshire border towards Whitchurch and taken to Chester Zoo to recover. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of keen birdwatchers who were eagerly awaiting its release so they could record one of their rarest ever 'ticks', the bird did not survive. Frigatebirds, which have only been seen a handful of times in Western Europe, are an endangered species. They are large, highly aerial seabirds which look a little like a large hawk in flight.

 

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