Nova Scotia bird watchers flocked to Lawrencetown Beach to catch a glimpse of an unusual-looking bird that calls parts of Central and South America home.

The crested caracara is a large bird of prey in the falcon family that does not migrate and has little business in Nova Scotia.

People waited hours in the blustery spring weather just to see the rare bird.

This would not be the first time a bird ended up off-course in the Maritimes. Just last month CBC News reported that a rare burrowing owl was filmed on McNabs Island in Halifax harbour.

Last fall a wayward American white pelican was spotted on P.E.I. Then in December, a yellow-throated warbler was spotted on central P.E.I.

The CBC's Colleen Jones set her sights on the crested caracara.