Thursday, 7 October 2021

Yellow-browed at last!

Headed back to the Cape again today. The wind had swung back to southwest and with clearing skies, it was unlikely that there would be a repeat of yesterday's sublime scenes.

I headed round the Old Fall loop. Two Jays bounded along the hedge and away, followed by two Chiffchaffs and to my delight, a Yellow-browed Warbler! It flicked up into the top of the hedge then flew straight towards me and into the Hawthorns next to the car. It is always a good day if you see a Yellow-brow, so this was a good start. Down at the plantation, there were more Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap, followed by a Spotted Flycatcher, possibly Johnny's bird from yesterday (pic below). Another Yellow-browed Warbler was calling stridently from the lofty green heights of the Sycamore canopy, giving only tantalising glimpses. A few Goldcrests moved through too.

There was no sign of the Little Bunting at the Motorway, in fact, there was no sign of much at all. A couple of Song Thrushes burst out of the hedge and plenty of Skylarks were blogging around Cattlemere, but it felt quiet.

I didn't have as much time left, so after completing the loop, I nipped over to Bempton to see the Barred Warbler. After a few minutes of enjoying a dapper Lesser Whitethroat, the East European hulk jumped up into a willow, dwarfing its cousin. As Barred Warblers tend to do, it dropped back down into cover and vanished. Nearby, my third Yellow-brow of the day was flicking around in the tops of the Willows near the Visitor Centre. Another good day, but with a different feel and a different cast to yesterday. Now to Norfolk...

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