Rare short-toed eagle seen on Ashdown Forest

A rare short-toed eagle has been seen circling over the Ashdown Forest in the Wych Cross area.

People from Uckfield have joined hundreds of others to go and see the extremely rare visitor.

There they have been joined from “twitchers” from all over the country.

One person posted on a Sussex Orthinological Society message board: “Arrived Gills Lap car park Ashdown Forest at 10am, had brief distant views of the short-toed eagle but at 12.45 had fantastic views as it circled overhead and slowly drifted off E to the horizon and dropped into the trees.”

The Ashdown Forest Bird Group website described the visitor as a “mega rarity”.

Sussex Wildlife Trust reported birders had rushed to the Forest to see a “spectacular short-toed eagle”.

It said: “This again is a first for Sussex and about the third official record only for the UK. One turned up in Dorset a few weeks ago and generated huge interest from birders all around the country. It then disappeared but at the end of last week one was spotted near to Gills Lap Car Park on the forest.”

Short-toed eagles are normally found in southern Europe.

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