Eastern Crowned Warbler

30th October 2014, Brotton

Ian Kendal lives just fives minutes away from the copse of trees at the Hunley Golf Course entrance. He doesn’t normally check it much. This was just a morning walk with his collie.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day: phones calls with Ian (who I went to Hatfield Poly with in 1982/3!) and Dave Aitken, ‘the twitch’ with Messrs Baines, Leadley and Deighton and the assembled Yorkshire and beyond birding contingent.

I think Ian might go there a little more often after finding this. Awesome once-in-a-lifetime find.

A few photos showing some features. Sure loads better to come. Hopefully will get seen again today.

stunning head with dark lateral crown stripes big white supercilium and wholly orange lower mandible

stunning head with dark lateral crown stripes big white supercilium and wholly orange lower mandible

two wing bars and pale central crown strip limited to rear of crown

two wing bars and pale central crown strip limited to rear of crown

yellow undertail coverts just discernible contrasting with otherwise essentially white underparts

yellow undertail coverts just discernible contrasting with otherwise essentially white underparts

 

colours captured better on Rich Baines camera

colours captured better on Rich Baines camera

lovely close up of head and bill by Martyn Sidwell. Thanks!

lovely close up of head and bill by Martyn Sidwell. Thanks!

 

 

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