Thursday, 29 May 2014

Blyth's Reed Warbler, Wanstead Flats

News broke of a singing Blyth's Reed Warbler West of Centre Road on the Flats at Wanstead.

Being only 6 miles from home and more importantly a Lifer for me and dad it wasn't long before we were on site.
As expected there were quite a few familiar faces already present when I arrived and plenty more arrived during the time I spent there. 

The first half an hour on site produced no sightings and silence from the bramble patch, but then a few brief calls were heard followed by a couple of very brief flight views deep and low within the brambles.
These were to be the only views we would get during the 5 hour stint we put in.
For the first two hours on site the bird stayed in the central bramble patch, but then took flight and went back into the brambles and gorse bushes where it was first found.
It stayed in these bushes for the rest of the time we were there, and would call a few times then burst into song, and then go silent again for the next half an hour.
Catching any kind of view of the bird proved very frustrating, even when it sounded very close and quite loud as if it was sitting up, there was still no movement seen or sightings of the bird.

Although the bird was heard calling and singing at regular intervals it proved to be very elusive and frustrating to see, all we managed was the very brief flight views within the first hour on site. 
After 5 hours and after the rush hour traffic had eased we decided to head for home.

  Congratulations to Nick Croft , a cracking find and well deserved for the time he puts in on site.

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