White cheeks is still here

A white-cheeked Turaco which has been sighted in Wanstead a number of times over the past ten years is still around, having been spotted in tree by Shoulder of Mutton pond in Wanstead Park. The bird is native to Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea – this one is thought to have been an escaped pet.

Wansteadium reader Michelle Wells took the pictures on Sunday, and said: “It still seems to be a very long way from home.”

We’ve had a number of sightings of what is thought to be the same bird over the past few years, including these memorable pictures taken in Aldersbrook.