Apr 292019

A Savi’s Warbler, a rare summer migrant that breeds in Eastern Europe, has arrived at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. It has been present, showing well on occasions and singing regularly now, for over a week. The bird is favouring a small area of reed bed in front of the Tower Hide that overlooks Clifton Pond.

The distinctive high pitched reeling song, that sounds like an insect, can be heard well before the bird is viewed, if you are lucky!

It took me three attempts before I finally had good views of the bird on Sunday morning at 06:30am and Paul Buxton, one of the local birders at Attenborough, has kindly supplied me with a phone-scoped picture he took, as a record of this bird. Many thanks Paul

Also an Arctic Tern was present briefly and all the common warblers were about in various locations. The drake Scaup was still on Church Pond and a Little Ringed Plover from the track leading towards Tower Hide. A male Bullfinch posed very well for my camera, as it was busy munching on old blackberries. A great morning at a great local reserve.


Savi’s Warbler – reeling from the reed bed at Attenborough. – photo by kind permission of Paul Buxton
Bullfinch – male
Bullfinch -male
Sedge Warbler – plenty singing around the reserve
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