Yellow-browed Warbler

28 Sep 2012 Yellow-browed Warbler by Chris Redfern

Breeding no closer than the Russian Urals, it is perhaps a bit surprising that Yellow-browed Warbler is a frequent - and increasing - vagrant to Britain and Ireland. September is the classic month to find this diminutive stray, with individuals often joining tit flocks at coastal sites, especially in the east. This year's first record wasn't until 22 September, nearly a fortnight later than in 2010/11. Yellow-browed Warblers are now here in force, with birds being recorded from the Shetlands to the Scillies, and even as far west as County Mayo, Ireland, in the last week.

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