Leucistic Willow Warbler
Following our very early warm, dry and sunny Spring in April we had a May which brought double the usual rainfall.
We had gone back to the site several times to see if the bird had come back, as had been suggested by Alan Spellman, who told us that the Mull bird had returned to the same site for a second year. However, by late May, we were beginning to give up hope.
On 6th June we went back after an absence of a week, and while I was walking around the river trying to photograph baby Long-tailed Tits against the light, Duncan saw a White Willow Warbler from the bridge. It was singing, but although it was feeding, it didn't seem to be gathering food.
I caught up with it and took the photos on this page. Comparing the photos today with those I took last year, it would appear to be the same bird. We watched for about half an hour, during which time it was feeding voraciously, but again, not obviously gathering food.
Curious and interesting.
Watch this space.
June 10th 2011
We went to the bridge in the afternoon but didn't see him, nor did we hear any Willow Warbler song.
And on 10th June 2011, way up on the top of the trees:
Text and images copyright © Liz Leyden 2011