Tropical bird found 5,000 miles from home shivering in British garden covered in SNOW

January 24, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A stunned pensioner discovered a rare tropical bird living in his freezing garden – 5,000 miles from its natural habitat.

Mike Stiff, 76, spotted the California quail on his snow-covered lawn in Grundisburgh, Suffolk.

He showed the picture to a bird-spotting pal who explained the non-migrating creature is only native to the US and other tropical climes.

The California Quail, usually found in the southwestern United States which has turned up in a garden in Grundisburgh, Suffolk

The California Quail, usually found in the southwestern United States which has turned up in a garden in Grundisburgh, Suffolk

But instead of being put off by Britain’s icy weather the quail has set-up home in Mike’s garden – and has started scaring off all the other birds.

Mike, a retired businessman, said: “At first I thought it was a Partridge but then I spotted the crest on the top of its head.

“I called a twitcher friend in the village who confirmed it was a California quail.”

A spokesman at the RSPB said they think the bird is a privately kept pet which has escaped.

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