Barred Warbler – in hand photo

Barred Warbler – a 3 bird day


see updates re Gull Masterclass days:

and Talks programme this winter:

Early evening saw my along the canal zone for a seemingly 3rd Barred Warbler sitting out, sporadically, in sunshine on hawthorn. It was a little distant and elusive so I headed to the Warren where bird 2 had been showing. I knew an attempt would be made to trap it. I briefly saw it flitting in ash. Then while chatting to Spurn warden Paul Collins the baby (well it is only couple months old!) suddenly flew into the mist net. Hooray!!

Barred Warblers – normally you only see ‘bits of them’ in a bush (at least I do). You need to know the right bits for quick confident identification. So here’s a whole one with everything on it:

On Taiga  Flycatcher day last September 2009 we found a Barred Warbler, at Funzie on Fetlar at the end of the day. It was a little overshadowed. With 3 at Spurn, today is was definitely BIRD of the DAY!

1st winter Barred Warbler, The Warren, Spurn 27th August 2010

Barred Warblers have a particularly long-tailed look in flight (due to their long tails!) which reminds me more of a ‘mini Shrike’ than a warbler. Garden Warbler looks like a large warbler in flight.

In comparison: Garden Warbler. Canal scrape, Spurn 27th August 2010

3 thoughts on “Barred Warbler – in hand photo

  1. Harry Hussey

    Hi Martin,
    Barred Warblers can be so frustrating, unconfirmed ones even more so! A few years back, I was at the Old Head with a friend, and we met up with another birder by chance when there. As this other birder and I walked along towards a hedge consisting mainly of Fuchsia and Hawthorn, we flushed a large, long-tailed warbler, shrike-like as you say, which buried itself into the hedge. On being joined by my friend, we tried to relocate it, and pin it down, but, every time we got anywhere near the right area, the same poor flight views, and on and on until we realised that we weren’t going to get views and didn’t want to hassle the bird…stopping and scanning from a distance didn’t work either.
    Interestingly, the other birder had briefly seen a ‘Common Whitethroat’ in the same hedge earlier on, or, at least, what he took to be one on poor views, so we couldn’t help but wonder: have seen a Barred called as a Whitethroat initially on really poor, half submerged, views before.
    Maybe I’ll find one of my own THIS autumn…

    1. Martin Garner

      Hi Harry

      Sure this a familiar story hope you do score this year. I find you get occasional ‘sylvia fests’ – several different species all in same bush or bushes which can be a challenge when searching for scarcer autumn migrants.
      Cheers M
      PS will post some more normal in-the-field shots later of another Barred seen this am


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