They don't come much rarer than this, a Green Warbler - first spotted and subsequently ringed by Mark Thomas at the cliffside dell at Buckton on the 9th Sept, is still present at the same location and has drawn huge crowds of birders over the past few days.
A first for Yorkshire and only the 2nd ever record for mainland Britain this vagrant from central Asia was not the showiest or obliging of birds - I must have spent 3 hours along with 200 or so other birders straining for a glimpse as it occassionally flitted into view for a few seconds before disappearing again! The presence of at least 2 juv Willow Warblers added many moments of confusion and cries of 'is that it?' But plently of expert birdwatchers around with telescopes to confirm the 'Green' when it did come into view. A Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart also entertained the crowds during the many minutes of patient waiting.
More details and some great close up pics of the bird in the hand on the Flambouragh Bird Obs website.
Tony Dixon - for his Green Warbler pic.