Tickled pink by exotic Strumpshaw visitor

RSPB staff and volunteers were tickled pink when a flamingo that has been touring RSPB nature reserves in the region dropped into their Strumpshaw Fen site in the Norfolk Broads this morning.

The flamingo first appeared at RSPB Titchwell Marsh in early April and has continued its tour of East Anglia, stopping at further RSPB reserves in the region, including the Ouse Washes in Cambridgeshire and Minsmere in Suffolk.

Ben Lewis, a warden at Strumpshaw Fen, said: 'We'd all been joking that Strumpshaw Fen would be the next leg of the flamingo's flying tour.

'When I got a text at 6am saying the flamingo had arrived, I thought it was a wind-up at first. But when I rushed over to our tower hide it was there in full view, mingling with the geese, paddling in the water and flying over the reedbeds.

'We're really pleased that the flamingo has chosen to visit so many RSPB reserves in the region – it's a good sign that our work to protect and improve wetland habitats is paying off. This particular wetland bird has certainly given our reserves its seal of approval.'

A numbered ring on the flamingo's leg allowed the RSPB to track its origins – it was discovered to be an individual that escaped from Marwell Zoo in Hampshire last year.

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