ABSTRACT A juvenile Purple Martin Progne subis was found at the Butt of Lewis,Western Isles, on 5th September 2004 and was still present the following day.This represents the first record of this distinctive North American hirundine for Britain and the Western Palearctic, although another was discovered on Flores, Azores, on 6th September 2004. It is speculated that the passage of Hurricane Gaston along the eastern seaboard of the USA in early September may have been responsible for the bird's displacement across the North Atlantic.


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