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Moltoni's Warbler at Duncansby Head

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Old Saturday 2nd June 2018, 16:05   #1
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Moltoni's Warbler at Duncansby Head

After a couple of days fruitlessly searching Northern Scottish beaches for the Walrus, Maz and I left John o' Groats to watch wildlife elsewhere in Scotland: travelling once more along the North Coast as far as Tongue before dropping down and overnighting at Tain.

There (gaining phone signal) we heard of a possible Moltoni's Warbler (or is it Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler - are the English names stable and adopted by authorities yet?) at Duncansby Head, where we had been that morning....

So next day, after some dolphin watching at Chanonry Point and knowing that the bird was still present, we trekked back North: with the attached results. Apart from a hint of sharpening and some cropping, no changes have been made to the images.

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Nice one. Off to Blakeney now then are you, get it on your twoes list!!
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Nice one. Off to Blakeney now then are you, get it on your twoes list!!
Woke (in the car) at the car park at Camas nan Geall 0430 yesterday: parked at the Prince of Wales at 1900 after an M6 nightmare.... done nothing today!

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... Moltoni's Warbler (or is it Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler - are the English names stable and adopted by authorities yet?) ....

Moltoni's Warbler in IOC; note Eastern and Western Subalpines haven't been split by IOC (yet).
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Moltoni's Warbler in IOC; note Eastern and Western Subalpines haven't been split by IOC (yet).
Thanks Nutty:

Persistent reference to "Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler" had me doubting the acknowledged name. I know the other two aren't yet split, but I have the bases covered!

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Very nice. Glad you got it as some compensation as I know how seriously you treat your mammals. The ability of a Walrus to disappear in that way has been very perplexing.

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Persistent reference to "Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler"
Sounds like a LGRE contrivance . . . a bit like his 'Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler' for Hume's Leaf Warbler
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Sounds like a LGRE contrivance . . . a bit like his 'Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler' for Hume's Leaf Warbler
Umm, not sure about that: "Hume's Yellow-brow" has been around for more years than I care to remember - precedes the split by a mile, and Yellow-browed Warbler has not to my recollection been "Leaf Warbler". On this occasion I think perhaps not guilty.

And thanks Paul: what surprises me is not just the ability to disappear but the inclination to keep moving rather than pick a spot and settle.

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... what surprises me is not just the ability to disappear but the inclination to keep moving rather than pick a spot and settle.
Walrus are extremely social animals, they don't like being alone - so I'd guess it's desperately trying to find some more?
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Walrus are extremely social animals, they don't like being alone - so I'd guess it's desperately trying to find some more?
Could be: if it was that desperate I'd expect it to hang out with seals more, though.

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