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Birdwatchers spot first for Attenborough Nature Reserve

Thursday 6th October

Birdwatchers spot first for Attenborough Nature Reserve

Birdwatchers are jumping for joy after spotting the first confirmed yellow-browed warbler at the popular Attenborough Nature Reserve.

This small warbler, a relative of our native goldcrest, breeds no closer than the Siberian Taiga forests east of the Urals and across to Eastern Siberia. They typically migrate south eastwards in the Autumn to their wintering quarters in South East Asia - Myanmar, south coast of China and southwards to Malaya.

Prior to this autumn, there had been fewer than 10 records of the yellow-browed warbler in Nottinghamshire. In the last week, four have been seen in the county! One at Annesly, one at Netherfield, one at Holme Pierpont and today the bird at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Every year in early autumn, a varying number of yellow-browed warblers surprisingly turn up on the East Coast of England. It is suggested that their arrival in Western Europe is part of a random movement by a very small proportion of the population in all directions, which ultimately will succeed in helping them to find and establish new wintering areas. A phenomenon known as reverse migration.

For local birdwatcher Simon Roberts, the original finder of the Attenborough yellow-browed warbler, it is double excitement as the sighting pushes him in to the Attenborough Record Book for the most species of bird seen on the Reserve in one year, by one individual – and there are still two months of the year to go. It brings the record up to 154, beating the total set by Paul Buxton in 2013 by one species.

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