Arctic Warbler is a vagrant but annual visitor to Britain. It is a less than annual visitor to the east coast of Yorkshire, so when one of these leaf warblers turns up close to home, it is well worth the effort to go and see it. The species breeds in northern Scandinavia, eastwards to Siberia and Alaska. In fact last year I saw many of these superb little birds in Alaska during my trip last June. According to the book “The Birds of Spurn”, there have been around 16 records in Yorkshire and 7 of these were from the Spurn recording area, including the first for Yorkshire back in 1964. In recent weeks, 4 Arctic Warbler have been seen in the Spurn area, so it has been a good year to see this species in Britain.
Arctic Warbler – Above 2 – Kilnsea, East Yorkshire – October 2017 – Tony Davison©