Saturday, 16 October 2010

Barred Warbler, Newbiggin

I spent a very pleasant sunny autumn morning watching and photographing this rather bold immature barred warbler. Having taken temporary residence in a small car park just south of Newbiggin-by-the-sea, this bird gave some incredible (by normally elusive barred warbler standards) views... Barred warblers are the "shrikes" of the warblers - big, clumpy old things, this bird even pushed some blackbirds off its favorite feeding bush!

Feeding in an elder bush the warbler was tricky - however it would break from feeds and occasionally sit out in the open, sunning itself.

I was joined by Stef, Jimmy, Roger and Alan, so some good chat was to be had. Stef and I probably have virtually the same set of images too!

A single redpoll sp. flew over and briefly joined the large greenfinch flock that was in the area, otherwise there was little evidence of any newly arrived passerines.

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