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Friday, July 4, 2014

The Ogden twitch of 2012. Yellow Browed Warbler

             The finder, Denise Shields
    A good caption competition photo !
           The search goes on
                     Just before it was re located
                  Light fading as well as hopes
                A last attempt
                        Light gone
                        This happy chappy got it. DJS
    The bird in question, Yellow Browed Warbler    Photos, BS

It all started on 29/09/2012 with a phone call from Denise Shields saying she had found and photographed a Yellow Browed Warbler on the west bank of Ogden.
The rest of the day was spent with several birders trying in vain to re locate the bird without success.
It was early evening before I arrived there to find about 8 birders still searching the area but no sign of the bird.
The sun was now on the east banking of the water and knowing the area I knew that passerines collected  in what I call passerine alley to catch insects in the last of the sun so it had to be worth a try.
By this time we were down to DS, DJS NK and myself all getting a bit disillusioned until suddenly, whilst watching 2 Chiffchaffs, there it was in my bins giving good views but hard to photograph in the foliage with the sun behind it.
We watched it for around 15 minutes before it went to ground not to be seen again that evening.
The following evening I got a couple of brief views before it was gone from the area leaving 4 happy birders and a lot of disappointed ones, but thats birding and I,ve had plenty experiences of being one of the disappointed ones.
Well done to DS for finding such a special bird in our area.
BS

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A nice bit of Ogden birding history there Bri.
John.