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John and Betty Burton in their back garden following a visit from a Nightjar.
John and Betty Burton in their back garden following a visit from a Nightjar.

John and Betty Burton in their back garden following a visit from a Nightjar.

A TORRENT of ‘twitchers’ descended on a Codnor couple’s home after they discovered a rare 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 the nightjar resting on a fence.

John, 72, recognised it to be the migratory bird, normally only found in heath land and extremely rare in Derbyshire.

Photo by Marisa Cashill