Saturday, 20 June 2009

A surprise interruption to the Saturday morning pre-changeover cleaning and tidying routine was the appearance – in sound if not in vision – of a singing Marsh Warbler in the damson bushes right outside the back door. Whilst all the time managing to remain concealed in the foliage, the bird reeled off an eclectic mix of bird-call mimicry all day, including convincing renditions of Common Quail, Grey Heron, Black-billed Magpie, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Barn Swallow, Blackbird, House Martin and Willow Warbler in its extensive repertoire of impersonations. Despite being besieged by mist nets in the garden until at least late afternoon it somehow contrived to evade capture

Two Eurasian Siskins, a Redpoll and a Willow Warbler were the only other passerines of note, and waders included a Common Redshank and six Eurasian Curlews.

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