Category Archives: Warblers

Yellow-browed Warbler

The first of many? Given the huge numbers of Yellow-browed Warblers present in Britain (more than 740, with 320 in Shetland alone) during the last week, it seems almost inevitable that at least one would find its way to Northants. … Continue reading

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Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat: it’s back!

After an absence of forty-seven days, the ‘eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat, which had made sporadic appearances in Dave Jackson’s Northampton garden back in January, returned today. Dave managed to capture some images which partly show the tail pattern – a largely … Continue reading

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More on the presumed ‘Eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat

The wintering Lesser Whitethroat made sporadic appearances in Dave Jackson’s garden again today, being seen only briefly once in the early morning, again at 11.50 and then again at 15.10, after which it appeared on three more short occasions with … Continue reading

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Siberian Lesser Whitethroat in Northampton?

Dave Jackson forwarded these images he took of a Lesser Whitethroat in his Northampton garden today. A winter Lesser Whitethroat in the UK is exceptional and most – if not all – of these are likely to be birds of … Continue reading

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Hume’s Warbler in Northants … and how to see it

Hume’s Warbler, Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler – it’s the same whichever way you cut it. Once regarded as a race of Yellow-browed, it was split by the BOU in the late nineties and, with approximately 123 UK records, … Continue reading

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Siberian Chiffchaffs at Ecton Sewage Farm

The sewage outfall stream from Ecton Sewage Farm into the River Nene near Cogenhoe has long been a regular magnet for Chiffchaffs during the winter months although it, along with the adjacent extensive Phragmites reedbed, receives surprisingly little attention from … Continue reading

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Breakaway Blackcaps

Blackcaps are not an uncommon sight in Britain during the winter months nowadays. We have a ‘healthy’ wintering population of around 3,000 individuals which compares with a summer population estimate of 932,000 pairs (Birdlife International, 2004). Numbers wintering in the … Continue reading

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