Birders flock to view rare sighting ... in Ottawa backyard

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Sun, February 6, 2019

When Denise Smith spotted a songbird on her backyard feeder, she wasn’t prepared for how rare it would turn out to be, or for having her home staked out by enthusiastic birders.

The lazuli bunting is a little fluffball from the southwestern United States. It is the eleventh time the species has been spotted in Ontario, and its first time in winter anywhere in Canada. It should be in Mexico now.

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