Multiple options for twitching Blyth’s Reed Warbler

In the last several weeks there have been increased number of reports of Blyth’s Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus dumetorum) in the United Kingdom from Scilly, Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides and Shetland. While this is not a life bird for me, I wanted to see one with good views.

I saw my first Blyth’s Reed Warbler singing in a bushy area in southern Finland almost 20 years ago but I didn’t have close distance view of this species.

So, I went to Spurn with no one around for almost 2 hours. Sadly, there was no sign of the bird at the location it was seen the previous night. Dense mist and wind did not really help to find the bird. Failing to find other local rarities or scarce birds, I decided to have a 90 mins drive to Filey, North Yorkshire where a bird was reported the previous night. No luck again, but I had a nice social distancing chat with a local birder, mainly about Hungarian birds.

So after dipping two of the three birds by 10 AM, I was happy to see the news that the bird held a territory at the Far Ings NR, Lincolnshire, my dear social media friend, Mandy West’s local patch.

On the way to Fair Ings, I visited the Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve for a seabird-ing refreshment. Suffering from my medical issues, I couldn’t take a long walk around the reserve, but it was still fun to see the hundreds of seabirds coming from the dense mist. I have to say that a baby Black-legged Kittiwake is a cutie.

Photo of the same bird taken by Mandy West. All rights reserved.

At the Far Ings Natural Reserve, I just had to follow the crowd and I found the bird shortly after parking. The Blyth’s Reed Warbler sang along the path and we all could see it from about 3 meters.

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