Eastern crowned warbler in England, video


This video from England says about itself:

Eastern Crowned Warbler, Trow Quarry South Shields, County Durham- UK

Filmed at Trow Quarry, South Shields on the 23rd October 2009. This bird constitutes the first record of this species to the UK and only the fourth or so for the Western Pal[aearctic].

Saying that, you can never be 100% sure what you will catch. While doing a routine ringing session, Maple Cross Ringing Group had a very unusual bird appear in their net. This was an Eastern Crowned Warbler, the second to be seen in Britain! It wasn’t at a migration hotspot like Fair Isle, Shetland or somewhere in Norfolk but a private site at Hilfield Park Reservoir, Hertfordshire: here.

As anticipated (see Birdwatch 220: 33), Arctic Warbler has now been split into three cryptic species due to differences in genetics: here.

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