Nov 162021

On the 16th October 2021 a Two-barred Greenish Warbler was discovered in the Canal Hedge at Spurn, Yorkshire. I had previously seen this phyllosc species in October 2017 at St Aldhelm’s Head area in Dorset, so wasn’t really too bothered to drive across to Spurn.

I soon changed my mind when I saw the views that this bird was giving and so decided to go for it on 20th October. I arrived on site in pouring rain but as the rain eased I soon had excellent views of this little leaf warbler. After taking a series of photographs, I decided to head for the nearby cafe to dry off and have a bacon butte and a cuppa.

Later the sun came out and so I decide to try for the warbler again. The bird appeared to have moved location as there was nobody about at the earlier site. I decide to walk to the Canal hide, to try my luck for a Jack Snipe and as I made my way towards the track to the hide, I noticed a small bird flitting in the hedge. Good grief, it was the Two-barred Greenish Warbler right in front of me. I watched it all on my own for several minutes before it flicked over the hedge and disappeared. Later it had returned to the original location. 

On my way home I stopped off at Kilnsea Wetlands Reserve and had a fly-over Lapland Bunting, a fitting end to my day at Spurn.

The Two-barred Greenish Warbler in the Hedge down the track towards Canal Scrape Hide.

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