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Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) | by Elliot Montieth
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Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)





When you hear the name Dusky Warbler you don't tend to think of it as the beautiful bird that it is. Certainly when saw my first one just a week before I saw this bird I would have said it was dullest bird I'd ever seen, but in the right lighting it really is a sight and one you don't forget easily forget. This bird which I photographed at Spurn was one of 9!!! Seen that day and this was by far the showiest of them all and out a smile on everyone faces as for a few minutes it came right out into the open and well you can see how well it showed just five meters from the crowd of people.


Dusky Warblers are a rare yet annual Phylloscopus warbler to the UK from Asia with on average 15-20 records per year with fewer than 15 in Ireland. This was a bumper year for the species with roughly 25 being recorded including a remarkable count of 9 at Spurn, East Yorkshire in a single day! As it is with birds from the east there most commonly found along the East Coast with only a handful being recorded along the West Coast.

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Taken on October 15, 2016