Well, that's turned around a truly dismal birding year in Beds. John Lynch did a sterling job a keeping on this Barred Warbler at Blows Downs today - Bedfordshires first. Many thanks John! But the big question is "what did you have vismiging?"
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Feels like ages since I've done any 'proper' birding. So I headed up to Norfolk on Sunday with Wardy to look at waifs and stays.
First up was this rather splendid OBP in Wells Wood.
[Canon 7D, 300mm IS f.4 and 1.4 converter]
Then some Barred Warbler action at Salthouse
Friday, 23 May 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
But there is no doubt this wasn't a 'classic' bird, at least in my eyes. When it first arrived it looked good (see above) but you would have walked straight past it if you were only 'listening' for Siberian Chiffchaffs. Take a listen here:
The calls represented here were typical of what it was giving constantly. Interstingly since first picking it up in early December I have hardly heard it call in all the visits I have made over to look at it. However it called several times yesterday and I managed to get two snatches on my Remembird:
None of these calls are the true tristis 'peep'. They are virtually all a clear rising 'wheep' just like collybita. The two calls recorded yesterday are actually much closer to a true tristis call but still aren't really flat, as you can see in the sonogram above. So where does that leave us?
Well, it looks like a tristis, and it sings like a tristis, but doesn't really call like a tristis. Is it a tristis? I think so. This bird is a prime candidate for having some DNA work done so we'd know once and for all, that tristis can call just like collybita.