Friday 22 June 2010
I had a little outing down to Derbyshire to see and hear the Great Reed Warbler that has been a long-stayer at Straw's Bridge NR near Ilkeston. A bit further afield than I would normally go, but I decided it would be worth the trip after seeing some footage online. What a loud call! Despite showing "like a porn star" according to one blogger a week or so ago, I had to make do with the occasional reed top perch and sway or the odd few seconds zipping in and out of the lower, greener reeds. No worthwhile photos and a rainy walk back to the car, but worth it.
I called in at Edderthorpe Flash on my way home and after working out the position of a report on Birdguides, I managed to come across four local Barnsley birders and see another lifer, again a warbler in the form of a Marsh Warbler, doing a cracking Song Thrush impression and again playing hide and seek GRW style! Good to hear a pair of Cuckoo here too and a drake Garganey by the roadside of the flash was the day's bonus bird. Always nice to see.
male Sparrowhawk and male Blackcap
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