After what has been an extremely quiet spring on the North Wales coast, I struck lucky on Sunday when I came across a Hippolais Warbler on the Great Orme. The bird seemed a pretty obvious Icterine Warbler with its pale wing panel, grey feet and peaked crown / long beak appearance. Some 40-50 birders came to see the bird, some as far away as Liverpool, Ceredigion and Shrewsbury and all went away happy that they had seen an Icterine warbler. That evening as I watched the bird, a few doubts crept in, especially as I had now read up on the species and started seeing some great photos. Others by now were raising questions.
I enclose three pictures by Wirral birder, Phil Woollen.
If we can positively i.d. this bird it would mean the difference between a first and second county record!
I would appreciate any comments.