A BIRD which died in a Weymouth garden has been revealed to be an extremely rare species which has not been spotted in Dorset for more than 100 years.

The bird, which met a sad ending after it appears to have collided with a window, has been identified as the White's thrush.

It is said to be the first official sighting of the bird in the county since Victorian times.

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The White's thrush, named after naturalist Gilbert White, was found in a garden by painter and decorator Lawrence Dagnall who had been working at the property.

“I was in a garden painting and I went to get some materials, when I came back I saw a dead bird which was not there before,” said Mr Dagnall, 62.

“I thought it looked like a mistle thrush and I did not know what to do, so I left it.”

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Mr Dagnall, from Dorchester, says he recently got into bird watching and the next day he was at the Portland Bird Observatory where he showed warden Martin Cade an image of the bird he thought was a mistle thrush.

Upon checking Mr Cade realised that it was in-fact a much less common bird than Mr Dagnall originally thought.

Mr Dagnall said: “I found out it’s extremely rare and possibly only one visits the UK each year and even that is usually in the Shetland Islands or somewhere.”

The warden then asked Mr Bagnall where it was before he returned to the garden to collect it.

Mr Cade confirmed that it was the rare species which it has ‘been over 100 years’ since one has been officially recorded in Dorset, the first since ‘maybe the Victorian times’.

“They come from Russia usually and it's really exciting to get it here. It would be more so if it was alive, but it's still amazing,” said Mr Cade.

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“It’s a huge thrush, a really beautiful golden colour. It also has these black and white stripes under its wing which are very distinctive.”

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The Portland Bird Observatory warden says he is ‘hoping it might go to a museum which would be quite something,’ but for now it remains in storage in a freezer while the Mr Cade finds somewhere suitable for it; although he would personally like to see it go to the British Museum.

Mr Dagnall added: “It’s a beautiful bird, it’s quite important. I was certainly quite excited.”

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