Just love ’em!
No maudling here especially. Just how it is. Hey- our lovely retreat house at Millfield, Norwick. Seriously virtually the LAST HOUSE in Britain 9to the north). Beat that man!
So what would be the LAST ‘bird’ that I would be able to watch, standing unaided (and alone) and observe and take my own photos. Which one?!
Perfect (some might say what a laugh!)! A species/ taxon that so epitomises the ‘spirit’ of the Birding Frontiers idea. Don’t it?! Enigmatic, unresolved, confounding nature, rare and some might say beautiful. Reasonable accessible for ‘ordinary birders’ – lots of fun in discovering, anyone can contribute (one of THE most important things… )
This bird was just down the road at Norwick, Unst. The most northerly location in Britain. The penultimate day of our holiday.
A few nominate Redwing could be seen rolling through the gardens. A few Blackcap, Meadow Pipits and Snipe moving, the odd flock of Pink-feet Geese just in. AND this little fella, with 1 -2 Goldcresst, feeding in mixed patch of conifers and rosa rugosa.
It never called – ARGGH- no not really. NO ARGGH I just enjoyed it. Curiously as ever the photos never quite capture the field appearance. It looked striking pallid in the field. Lovely whitish underparts and rather brownish-grey upperparts with a bit of emphasis on grey. It had a wing bar! Which looked more striking in the than in these photos.
and I loved it!
Siberian Chiffchaff head patterns
Bumping up the reference side a bit. Do you remember this one from last year? Magnus Hellström does an awesome job. Don’t mis THIS SITE . Now here a selection of some of the Siberian Chiffchaffs photographed at Ottenby last October 2014- for your reference and mine.
ooo and a different view of the upperpart colours on my Norwick bird
A Calling one from last year.
Late on in the day- little gang watching a Radde’s Warbler and this fella started calling loudly and classic tristis from a hedge just south of the Lighthouse at Flamborough. Mint.
You can see it looks ok and acceptable 🙂 Even has some ‘tobacco colour’ in those ear coverts- can you see it?
and my favourite recording.
A bird that came roaring in from the sky ( rare thing) to Halligarth on Unst. It looked great but gave a variety of calls. The same sound can be heard from the nest zones of baby tristis...