6th November. Invasion of the Bush Wobbler

Having managed splendid views of Andy's Cettis's Warbler on Monday I decided on spending some time at Pit-house West as I suspected that there might be at least two birds involved. This was based upon the distance between Andy's original sighting and subsequent sightings and not on the spurious claim of two together yesterday - presumably they were nest building or feeding young or just very good friends. Arriving at just after 8:30 Andy and Pete were already on site having had the original Cetti's calling just before I arrived. I hung around for a short while then wandered off to check out an old Long-eared roost, which held no Owls in fact there were no birds of any form. A flock of around 60 Lesser Redpolls buzzed over, hopefully they will build up for the winter, but everywhere else was pretty dead. The stream that runs through Pit-house West is prime Cetti's habitat so it was not so surprising that I heard the familiar about a 1Km from where it had been seen an hour ago, a different bird? As I subsequently frustratingly failed to see or hear the earlier bird It's impossible to be sure, but the fact that it was so far away from the earlier sighting and that they appear to be turning up in every suitable bit of habitat it does seem pretty likely.
A woeful shot but as far as I'm aware the only photographed Cetti's in the
Sheffield area.

5 comments:

franksidebottomsuncle said...

Well done Mark,, I suspected the 2 bird theory too following the X on Andys map and the fact that the "bridge" bird seems fairly static. As for a pair????? well!
I had brief views on Tue afternoon by the bridge although 2 of the rangers only heard it singing. Hopefully better views this weekend. Harthill, Poolsbrook Marsh, Thrybergh Tip?? the possibilities seem endless now,,,

Mark said...

Weather permitting we'll do the Rother Valley from Whiston through to RVCP tomorrow, plenty of likely looking spots along there. Glad to hear you saw it on Tuesday hope you managed to keep the papermache dry ;)

thedrunkbirder said...

They've exploded North and East this year. Cropping up all over the shop.

John Furse said...

Mark: what is all that stuff on its throat ? Surely, that's not normal plumage. Has it been eating something (black & white ? ! ) or has it interbred with a babbler ? I'm only half joking, John, Norfolk.

Earl Gray or Dave for short! said...

Hi Mark, just to let you know that up to ten birds were recorded in Leicestershire at four different sites during October!