Barred Warbler – a 3 bird day
see updates re Gull Masterclass days: http://birdingfrontiers.com/talks/
and Talks programme this winter: http://birdingfrontiers.com/talks/
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
http://birdingfrontiers.com/shetland-nature-2/ 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!
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.