A tiny rare bird not seen in the British Isles for a decade has caused a flap in the world of birders - after one appeared in an Ayrshire garden.
A myrtle warbler - a relative of the yellow-rumped warbler - has been frequenting a Kilwinning garden for the last week. The bird is native to the US and is only a rare visitor to Britain and Ireland, with the last recorded sighting on mainland UK thought to have been in 2014 - when one was spotted in County Durham.
There are thought to have been less than 30 sightings of the bird in the UK ever, and the species' latest appearance has attracted hundreds of visitors from as far away as Cornwall. Local amateur photographer and bird fan Stevie Clarke told SWNS his birder friend, Jimmy Crawford, first spotted it last Tuesday (February 20).
In Mallorca news today, see shocking scenes following snow Storm Juillette ripping through the holiday island.
With snow in the Tramuntana Mountains blocking off villages including Valldemossa and mountain access roads to Soller, snow has fallen at sea level on the beaches in Cala d'Or,with rain and high winds bringing widespread flooding, and chaos to the island.
In the South West of the island has escaped from too much damage, however, two sinkholes have also appeared in the capital city Palma. Watch this video to find out more.
Thanks so much to Maria from the Capalina Charter in Cala d'Or for the snowy beach photos and video. You can book her charter here in warmer weather! https://capalinacalador.com/es/inicio/
And to Lynn from my daughter's school for the pics of Valldemossa.
It's not often we see snow in Mallorca, but we hope that is the last of Winter in Mallorca and we can look forward to Spring!
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Recently, China has been grappling with a surge in extreme weather occurrences.
On February 21st, 2024, multiple regions across Zhejiang Province were besieged by intense hailstorms, resulting in streets being blanketed with a thick layer of hail.
This was soon followed by torrential downpours, where swift currents of rainwater swept through the streets, carrying the accumulated hailstones and creating a mesmerizing spectacle akin to rivers of ice.
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On Sunday, February 25, a massive avalanche occurred around 12:30 p.m. in the Val d'Enfer valley, in the Sancy Massif in France. Local emergency services were deployed immediately but, unfortunately, four people have been confirmed dead and three others injured, while two are still missing. The seven rescued people were found thanks to several members carrying emergency beacons. One of the three injured was confirmed to have deployed her airbag.
A group of nine members of the Vichy French Alpine Clubs had set out on Sunday and were caught in an avalanche not far from Mont Dore. According to Sébastien Dubourg, mayor of Mont-Dore, the area where the avalanche occurred, known as Val d'Enfer, is known to be dangerous, "It's a funnel... the mountain is unfortunately stronger than us," he stated in a press conference.
A landslide has left at least four people dead and six others injured in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi on February 26 morning.
According to the provincial disaster mitigation agency, the disaster, affecting more than 20 people in Bastem Utara, was triggered by torrential rain that hit the area on February 25 evening. More than 10 motorcycles and two cars were buried, with the roads damaged.
The agency also warned of the possible occurrence of subsequent landslides due to the current weather.
Disasters like floods and landslides often occur in Indonesia during the rainy season.
Atlantic puffins arrive on beaches more than 1,000 miles from home
One question keeps surfacing this month, as reports of a certain quirky and beloved seabird keep popping up along Florida's east coast: A puffin?
The black and white seabirds with the bright orange beaks are almost unheard of anywhere in the Southeast, but at least four puffins have been seen along Florida's east coast beaches since Feb. 8, shocking bird rescuers and others.
Bird watchers know one of the easiest places to see an Atlantic puffin is to head for the islands off the coast of Maine, but something odd has happened this winter.
A flurry of seabirds usually seen most often off the Northeastern coast - including puffins, razorbills and dovekies - have surprised birdwatchers along the Southeastern coast from the Carolinas to Florida. Experts say the birds' wayward path could possibly be linked to offshore storms or winds that stirred up colder water near the coast.
Before February, only five Atlantic puffin sightings had ever been reported in Florida, all weakened birds found stranded on beaches, said Andrew Kratter, collections manager of birds at the Florida Museum of Natural History.