Yesterday, this more colder looking Northern Willow Warbler turned up at Higher Moors to join the greener looking individual that has been present since the 18th October.
While at Higher Moors yesterday, I could hear the female Great-spotted Woodpecker at Holy Vale and immediately found it on the same tree that I observed it the day before. Again it showed very well at close range. I returned to Higher Moors and there were 15+Chiffchaff and 4 Firecrest. A nip across the road to Porth Hellick and there were 20+Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 5 Firecrest.
Again note how short and stout the bill is on this Great-spotted Woodpecker. It is now thought that the buff wash on the underparts and forehead could be stained from the wood that it works on. Could this be a possible 'Northern' Great-spotted Woodpecker? Any comments welcome
Later in the afternoon I made a quick visit to Lower Moors where there were a single Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Firecrest, 40+Chiffchaff and a male Merlin. At Newford I could only find a single Firecrest and flushed 3 Woodcock. I returned to Higher Moors and met up with Martin. No sign of the woodpecker, but low in the undergrowth I could see a very pale warbler and identified it as what I thought at first was the Northern Willow Warbler. However, this was a much colder looking individual giving the expression of a more greyer overcast upperparts and white underparts. No yellow tones could be observed on any of the plumage of this bird. I called Martin over, who was taking pics of the 4 male Siskin just a few meters away, but the warbler just vanished deeper into the undergrowth and was not seen again.
Here is compassion with the Northern Willow Warbler that's been present in the Higher Moors area for nearly three weeks. Note on the top bird the supercilium is paler, narrower and above the eye it's missing. While on the more greener looking individual below, the super is yellower, broader, prominent and unbroken, Every pic that I've taken of the long staying NWW, on both sides, shows an unbroken supercilium.
A new Northern Willow Warbler at Higher Moors and if you include the one that Jim trapped at nearby Porth Hellick, that's 3 Northern Willow Warblers in a week in the area
Another Siberian Chiffchaff this time at Lower Moors
A Chiffchaff with just one leg!
The 4 male Siskin were showing very well at Higher Moors
I only saw 4 Fieldfare today
Dave is still with us at work and getting a beating from the resident pair. By the end of October last year he moved on only to return in June this year.
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