1st winter Barred Warbler.
Big bulky warbler.
I made my way around to the Moor and instantly heard then saw 6 Ring Necked Parakeets as they flew quite high over head , not entirely sure of the area to look for the Barred Warbler so i ventured off just checking all the hawthorn bushes (and there were plenty ..lol) , however apparently this particular warbler did have a favoured group of hawthorns where it spent all it's time ,
These Blackberries look good enough to eat.
I then made my way over to roughly the area when i spotted another birder , who said that this was the favoured area , now i just need the bird to play ball , there were other birds to keep me interested , and a small party of warblers were busy feeding on another hawthorn and they included 5 Blackcaps ( 3 males & 2 females) , 2 Lesser Whitethroats , 2 Common Whitethroats , 3 Willow Warblers & 1 Sedge Warbler .
There were good numbers of Goldfinches at least 50 birds , plus a Kestrel was quite close to me even landing on the favoured hawthorn bush , then after nearly 3 hours i connected with the 1st winter Barred Warbler , this was a very welcome year tick for me.
Barring on undertail coverts.
Really enjoyed watching this bird , it was well worth the wait as when it did show it showed really well , even having a snooze in the sunshine , here is a short video of the Barrede Warbler.
The Kestrel actually landed on the hawthorn bush again whilst the Barred Warbler was in it and i could hear the alarm call , pretty sure that's the first one i have heard !?
Other birds of note were Hobby , Whinchat and Little Egret , another really enjoyable birding session .