Chesterfield's rare bird is a Spireite!

Birdwatchers are stillout in force to catch a glimpse of the Crag Martin which has been moving between the Crooked Spire and the Proact stadium
Birdwatchers are stillout in force to catch a glimpse of the Crag Martin which has been moving between the Crooked Spire and the Proact stadium
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Twitchers have flocked back to the crooked spire for a 10th day of birdwatching after a rare bird returned from a trip to see the Spireites.

The extremely rare bird was first reported around the spire of St Mary's on November 7 and has field the attention of the country's birdwatchers ever since.

And yesterday the Rare Bird Network reported the extremely rare flyer had taken a few trips to the Proact stadium.

Following it's movements, they reported on Saturday the Crag Martin, which has migrated from southern Europe, went from the Crooked Spire t the Proact, and then back to the spire, and then did the same round trip again yesterday.

Chesterfield FC's club photographer caught a snap of the clubs new feathery fan, which is the rarest bird to be seen in the county since an albatross in the fifties, and back at the spire, Sheffield twitcher Pete Garrity shared these beautiful close ups with us.

A spokesperson for the club said: "The presence of a rare bird at the Proact has attracted much interest, with a group of twitchers assembling in the car park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the crag martin.

Birdwatcher Pete Garrity captured this shot of the Crag Martin hunting for insects. www.images2frame.com/

Birdwatcher Pete Garrity captured this shot of the Crag Martin hunting for insects. www.images2frame.com/

"Manager Dean Saunders was spitting feathers on Saturday when Oldham clawed their way back from 1-0 down to win 2-1. Hopefully, like the crag martin, the Spireites will soon be flying high once again!"

Joint county bird recorder for Derbyshire, Roy Frost, first saw the Crag Martin 10 days ago. He said: "You would normally see this bird in France, Spain, Italy and other places in Southern Europe.

“For it to be in Chesterfield is really exciting. It’s never been seen in Derbyshire before so a lot of people are going up to the Crooked Spire to see it for themselves.”

“Scores of birdwatchers from many parts of England have been to see it."

The Crag Martin spotted at Chesterfield's Crooked Spire on Sunday, November 15. Picture courtesy of Pete Garrity. www.images2frame.com/

The Crag Martin spotted at Chesterfield's Crooked Spire on Sunday, November 15. Picture courtesy of Pete Garrity. www.images2frame.com/

Courtesy of Pete Garrity. www.images2frame.com.

Courtesy of Pete Garrity. www.images2frame.com.

Twitchers have been flocking to Chesterfield from around the country for almost two weeks.

Twitchers have been flocking to Chesterfield from around the country for almost two weeks.