Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blyth's reed warbler

There's only been a few migrants in over this last week with some pied flycatchers and whinchats being seen in the village.  However, this little beauty was caught at a regular ringing site at Logie Buchan on the 30th August.

It's a Blyth's reed warbler.  This species breeds as close as southern Finland and up until recent years was considered to be an extremely rare visitor to the UK.  However, it's a species that's expanding its range westward and is now being found regularly in Shetland each autumn.  In North-east scotland it is still an extremely rare bird with only two previous records.

Blyth's Reed Warbler