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Cat kills foreign visitor

Monday 22 December 2003

AS we warned in our Week in the country column last week - see A robin is not just for Christmas - a domestic cat has killed a very unusual robin: a visitor from Norway.

Few people realise that the robin, Britain's national bird, can migrate long distances and many of the birds that spend winter here have crossed the North Sea from Scandinavia.

The British Trust for Ornithology reported this weekend that a robin killed by a cat in a garden at Eccles, Manchester, had been captured and ringed by scientists from Stavanger Museum in Norway.

The cat owner sent the ring to the BTO and their experts identified it as a young bird, born this spring, and it had been ringed on the Norwegian coast only in September, obviously on its way here.

Sadly, it was one of only 40 Norwegian robins found in Britain since 1908.


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