Saturday, September 27, 2008

super schwarzi !

After the lord mayor's show, the over-heard phone conversation went like this 'everything has gone, there are no birds'. OK, so the Brown Shrike had gone with our best wishes but not everything had cleared out, we still had two Yellow-browed Warblers at Buckton and the star bird was a super Raddes Warbler at South Landing, Flamborough found by a visiting birder.

This was a new bird at Flamborough for me and was enjoyed at close range whilst it fed amongst nettles and thistles all be it in failing light. It had a particularly yellow supercillium and typical warm yellow vent. The bird had gone missing and I refound it down a hedge running from the former Tinomeer Hotel towards the sea - even on a split second view of it in flight it screamed Raddes, to me going away in flight they have the same jizz as a Robin and particularly in the way they land into cover 'tail first'. After a period of stalking it it gave close views.

Our two day list included Brown Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Raddes Warbler - Yorkshire at its best !

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