A rare bird appearing in Ayrshire for the first time has sparked interest from 'twitchers' across the UK.

The "mega rare" Myrtle Warbler has set up camp in a garden in Garnock View.

It is thought to be the first time it has appeared in the UK mainland since 2014. 

According to reports, there are only around 30 sightings of the bird on record in the UK - almost all in the Western and Northern Isles.

It is also the first and only American warbler species to be recorded in Ayrshire. 

It was first seen in the town on Tuesday, February 20 and is believed to still be there.

Visiting bird watchers have been arriving in the town to try and catch a glimpse of the bird, from as far away as Aberdeen, Cambridge and Penzance. 

The Myrtle warbler, a subspecies of the yellow-rumped warbler, is most commonly found in Canada and parts of the United States.