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Monday, 30 September 2013

Booted Warbler - Patch Tick 30/9/13

This superbly well marked Booted Warbler was found by Kris Gillam in Hope Gap this morning when I was on my way to Dungeness with Dick Gilmore and his grandson James. After a couple of hours at Dunge, my twitching feet were getting too much and we soon arrived at Seaford Head in record time.

After about 45 minutes, the bird finally showed and the tense wait was over. Obviously the 1st record for Seaford Head, it was a species I have really been wanting to find on the patch. Never mind, hopefully something else will give itself up to me.

At Dunge, birds noted were Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper and a Marsh Harrier.

 Booted Warbler at Seaford Head - all features can be seen in this image. The dark tip to the lower mandible, strong supercilium extending beyond the eye, capped appearance, dark-centred tertials, rufous secondaries, dark tail centres, white outer-tail feathers and its behaviour was very phylloscopus like.

Booted Warbler in Hope Gap

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