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Blown to England!
"We have seen a few monarchs here at Portland over the years —all after storms have swept across the Atlantic— but this is the first one for 5 years or so. I think the most likely bet is that this one originated in North America since there's been a large influx of American wading birds into the UK in the last 10 days. Very near to us at Weymouth there's been a Short-billed Dowitcher which is only the second time this species has reached the UK. I guess that the butterfly and birds were displaced from their normal migration routes by Hurricane Isaac."
Images: Martin Cade
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Images by Martin Cade