Sunday 26 August 2012

Two-barred Greenish...

What a stuuner; Greenish Warbler showing well (Graeme Duncan) 

Check those eye stripes (Graeme Duncan) 

Farnes tenth Greenish Warbler (Graeme Duncan) 

Flycatching from dock (Graeme Duncan) 

Two in the hand...Barred Warblers together

Sunday 26th August comments: (for those birders reading this, don't panic, its two Barred Warblers and a Greenish....) The Farnes is an amazing place and having spent twelve years living out here, I’m in a good position to say such things. And today was one of those days, one of those magical days which will live long in the memory.

With the sun shining all day, it was a cracking day which only got better. Just after 5pm outside the Pele Tower on Inner Farne, a cracking Greenish Warbler from northern and eastern Europe was discovered feeding in hemlock. The bird showed well for the admiring rangers – only the tenth ever record and the first since 2008. Hopefully we’ll be able to show it off to visitors tomorrow!

The excitement didn’t stop there, as bird ringing activities on Brownsman produced not one, but two Barred Warblers together at the same time!! Both birds were ringed and released unharmed and it capped a magical end to a great day. The Farnes, it’s awesome.

Today’s highlights: Ruff, Common Sandpiper 2, Whimbrel 2, Wheatear, Whinchat 4, GREENISH WARBLER 1 on Inner Farne, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler 7, Barred Warbler 2 together on Brownsman both ringed, Garden Warbler 2, Pied Flycatcher 2.

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