Today was the day when the Hume's Leaf Warbler site was opened up for chaperoned access. The bird was heard calling at 8am on a cool and murky start of the day and the bird was only seen fairly fleetingly in grey conditions for the first couple of hours. Thankfully it remained vocal which aided locating it again and again.
As the day very slowly warmed up, the bird provided longer observations and at times showed rather well with all 70 plus observers seeing the bird.
Our thanks go to John Showers and Phil Jackman for their help in assisting with the day's events and giving up their time in often cold and dank conditions.
Donations by visiting birders ensured that £248 was provided for a Grade 1 listed local restoration project on-site.
A very big thank-you to all visitors for their impeccable behaviour and helping each other to stay on the bird which was a task in itself!
If the bird winters it is hoped to run a similar event in January 2014, on this occasion at a week-end. This is naturally dependent on local conditions etc, and the event will be advertised on this blog site and linked local sites.
Eleanor visited Blueberry Farm last thing this afternoon before the mist returned and notched up 2 Red Kites, 2 Woodcock and a Barn Owl.