Sunday, 19 October 2014

Local Mega: 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Amwell

Yellow-browed Warbler, Amwell GP, 19 October 2014 (Phil Bishop)

Barry Reed discovered a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in scrub in the SE corner of Great Hardmead Lake at around 0900 hours - the bird showing well intermittently for about two hours in Willows in that area. Around 20 people managed to connect, including Bill Last, Jay Ward, Mike Ilett, Graham White, Phil Bishop and Phil Ball and the bird finally showed at around 1100 hours.

Quite remarkably, Barry then picked up a second bird on call, this one frequenting Elder and Sycamores around the picnic area between the railway line and the canal. This individual showed for about three quarters of an hour but then disappeared in the increasing wind. This bird differed from the first in that the median covert bar was broader.

Amwell GP also had 2nd winter CASPIAN GULL, a first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Stonechats (viewpoint area) (per BR)

Elsewhere, WILSTONE RESERVOIR attracted two juvenile GREATER SCAUP (DB, RH, DH, LGRE, MC, et al), along with the long-staying RUFF, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Pintail and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

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