Rare bird creates a stir in Codnor back garden

A TORRENT of ‘twitchers’ descended on a Codnor couple’s home after they discovered a rare breed of bird roosting in their garden.

Retired Kaplan worker and occasional bird enthusiast John Burton was strolling in his back garden on Wright Avenue when he spotted an unusual species resting on a fence.

John, 72, recognised it to be a migratory bird known as a nightjar as the winged wonder, normally found in heath land and extremely rare in Derbyshire, had featured on a TV show featuring ornithologist Bill Oddy.

After news spread on an internet bird watching forum, watchers descended on the John and wife Betty’s house to photograph the spectacle for an entire week while it stayed.

Grab next Thursday’s copy of the Ripley and Heanor News to find out more.