That’s really interesting, Grahame, thanks very much. I was hoping a local would give me the inside story.
I still think it’s a tricky bird (or perhaps I should invoke the ‘two-bird theory’).
Interesting that PA got it right, even in the field. Just shows how much experience counts for.
Thanks for the few comments.
Fuller details as follows: I was twitching a Parula Warbler at Hengistbury 1st Oct 1985 when this bird was found. It was a tick for me and many others at the time. Consensus was that it was an Arctic Warbler.
It was later trapped and stayed until 3rd October and was...
The clue was in the word ‘challenge’ 😉
I deliberately don’t want to sway any one in any direction. Otherwise I would have said what I and others thought, and what was later considered.
There is no shame in giving an opinion, based on the limited evidence presented here. There is also no...
I will give more details, including photo credits, and my reason for posting, after there have been some opinions posted. This is not a trick question, though it is potentially quite tricky. I, for one, will not berate any wrong answers, in fact I was wrong at the time, as were most observers...
Any more pictures. Looks damp, so that’s making it look darker than life, plus colour is very saturated in the photo, so that’s distracting. It’s probably obvious but it’s not coming to me at the moment. 🧐
I find it useful to anchor/wedge myself into a corner. Have three points of contact, 2 legs and a shoulder or elbow. Then you don’t have to worry about balance whilst holding bins.
I like to be as high as is safe/possible and find somewhere with 360^ visibility if possible.
Keep an eye on...
I have now watched the terrible, terrible video, and looked at the, even worse photographs. (No criticism implied, they are what they are)
It is definitely a Greenfinch as I knew it would be before I opened the post.
They breed outside my bedroom window, I see them all day everyday. (Robins also...
I went to Essex last week to see them.
I understand they are in North London too. I wonder if they will spread to more areas where Banded Demoiselles occur? (I say that, as they are the commonest Dragonfly in my garden) 😉
It may be that with the increase of observers previously little known populations of a number of species are being discovered, but also I suspect there is a genuine spread of some species.
I certainly didn’t know of any London locations for Beautiful Demoiselle until a few years ago.