The day was increasingly bright with a moderate SW wind, turning overcast by 4pm, with the wind strengthening significantly by 6pm. There had been a switch overnight from light south east winds.
Shooters Bottom, the scene of todays frustrating find.
The exciting news today was that I found a singing male Subalpine Warbler, the slight dampener is that consisted of 3 naked eye flight views and 5 seconds of the bird perched through optics. I came within a second of getting a shot with the camera. Some would argue I should be pleased but aware of the taxonomic minefield that particular species is currently in, leaves the experience incomplete for me. Although brief, what I saw on the bird and some posthumous reading regarding the song all leave me strongly feeling the bird was a Western Subalpine Warbler.
Since watching the site from 2014, I’ve fortunately gotten decent images of all but one of the rare and scarce birds found and in most instances they have also been seen by other observers. On this occasion, where images and further observations would have been most helpful, it was not to be.
In other news, Shooters held c10 singing Common Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroat & 2 Willow Warbler. Belle Tout wood held 3 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff. c6 Swallow flitted through during the 5 hours I spent fruitlessly searching for the Subalpine.