Monthly Archives: February 2012

Hume’s Leaf Warbler

Calls in the Cold

Within half an hour of leaving Schiphol airport (10th Feb 2012) Arjan and I were looking for the Hume’s Warbler at Katwijk. Apart from a couple of distant calls, a 3 day wait ensued before I got a proper show. With Sander and Nils we had excellent time with the bird, mainly listening to calls while it remained hard to see well in the pine canopy. One of the calls was a lovely somewhat Chiffchaff -like monosyllabic call, only heard a couple of times and new to me. P.S. I also overlooked a block of flats into which a White’s Thrush flew and died (in the 1980′s) as we listened to the Hume’s Warbler (in 2012). Quite a place!

Call One ‘typical’: here

Call Two monosyllabic: here

(n.b. a calling Great Tit tries to drown out the monosyllabic call but you can hear it). More Hume’s Warbler recordings and links.

Hume’s Warbler calls by Sander Bot, Katwijk, 13th Feb. 2012

I managed a couple of rubbish photos, and René kindly sent me some better ones of his.

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I returned again on the 14th  Feb with René van Rossum and Frank for more brief views and calls, and Rene let me use a  couple of his pics (below), taken previously.

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Natty wee poster

in partnership with Walsall Countryside Services

Have a look for this natty wee poster in the Stubber’s Green area, elsewhere in the West Midlands or maybe in your in box. With grateful thanks to Kevin Clements and Walsall Countryside Services.

Poster:  Gull Masterclass

and for a review of recent Gull Masterclasses see here

argentatus Herring Gull

European Herring Gulls 101

Did a wee recce on Saturday morning in North Cheshire for a gull day in March. Wow! The sheer number of gulls passing over the Moore Nature Reserve car park, early morning was staggering. Had wander around with Mark P. and I thought these 2 ‘Northern’ Herring Gulls made good watching.A preening adult showing lots of wing tip information and a bird, 9 months after hatching still in very juvenile looking plumage:

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Curious Gull 2

cross hatching on the breast

It’s a bit of a Pacific Rim character: when the breast streaking is ‘cross hatched’ too. I got some video of this bird at Stubber’s Green last week. I don’t especially think its from the Pacific Rim. I presume its a European bird. Just interesting. Now had the tail been all dark (which it wasn’t- was an obvious ‘tail band’), I might have got pretty excited. Looks a bit like some 1st winter Slaty- backed Gulls. Have you seen cross hatching like this on young Herring Gulls?

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Curious Gull 1

Stubber’s Green, January 2012

Besides the more obviously interesting birds such as Caspian, Yellow-legged and Iceland Gulls, as ever with carefull gull watching there were several curious and interesting birds this last week at Stubber’s Green, West Midlands.

Here’s one which falls inevitably into the category of presumed Glaucous Gull influence in a  Herring Gull. Certainly I have seen similarly pale birds in Varanger, Arctic Norway which are usually presumed to be some kind of Glaucous/ Herring hybrid mix.

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Thanks to Jason Atkinson for these excellent shots of the same bird

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