Posts Tagged ‘Barred Warbler

05
Dec
21

Some people should just be barred

The roads at Wiveton are narrow. Visitors to the Barred Warbler were asked not to park on the road or verges; but one idiot still did. Churning up the verge in front of resident’s houses. No wonder suppression of sightings seems to be on the increase. This attitude promotes it. The ignorance of some people just raises my hackles. ‘It doesn’t apply to me’. ‘I’ve no need to give way’. ‘I’ve no need to wear a mask’. ‘The injection program doesn’t apply here’. Pure unadulterated arrogance. I’m tiring of uncooperative people. Some should just be barred!

However … the Barred Warbler luckily didn’t take any notice of the raised voices behind me. This is the latest I’ve seen one in the UK. By now it should be feeding in some Turkish Olive grove. Normally long gone from our shores by December, this young bird did what Barred’s normally don’t do; it showed surprisingly well. Tania and I enjoyed watching it feed on insects within the ivy covered hawthorns. Why is it here? I think a quick look around any trees on the coast will give you the answer; many are still in leaf. We’ve not really had any frost to speak of as yet. There’s still a veritable insect larder within foliage.

I wonder if this bird will over winter? I suspect not, but I’d love to revisit it in March when it would be starting to look like a Barred Warbler at its best.

12
Oct
18

Northerly Winds

I organised a migration day out on Saturday. As it filled up straight away I thought I’d organise another for the following day. Saturday and Sunday became a migration weekend. With strong Northerly winds we were expecting something special and we weren’t disappointed. The Saturday seawatch gave us wildfowl galore as Teal, Eider, Brent, Pinkfeet and Shelduck streamed passed us punctuated with regular Gannets. Manx and Sooty Shearwaters put in an appearance as did the odd Arctic Skua and Red throated Diver. We even managed a Scaup giving excellent views with a side act of bobbing Jack Snipe. However it was the calm after the storm on the Sunday when passerines started to crop up. Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Yellow browed Warblers and a Barred Warbler. A beautiful male Hen Harrier delighted us with a flypast but not after it had been harried by a persistent Merlin, all against a background of leaving birds such as Spoonbill.

Next year I think a migration weekend is on the cards!

09
Oct
15

Hide and seek

Everything was so shy the other week. A silent Yellow browed Warbler at Walsey Hills flitted discretely in the ivy and nearby at Kelling a Barred Warbler with a severe case of agoraphobia moved imperceptibly from branch to branch in the middle of a hawthorn.

2015 09 25 Yellow browed Warbler Walsey Hills NOA Cley Norfolk_Z5A8793 

2015 09 25 Barred Warbler Kelling Norfolk_Z5A8832

 

24
Sep
14

You’re barred

Didn’t anyone tell the Barred Warbler frequenting Granbro’ Hill at Salthouse that it’s not a shrike? This normally shy species was ridiculously confiding.

 

2014 09 19 Barred Warbler Salthouse Norfolk_Z5A4425 2014 09 19 Barred Warbler Salthouse Norfolk_Z5A4484 2014 09 19 Barred Warbler Salthouse Norfolk_Z5A4771

 




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