|Western Orphean Warbler - Pembrokeshire photo Peter Royle|
I enjoyed great views of commoner birds especially Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwings but still no warbler. At 9.10am I rose to pack up my camera as i thought I should get going. A second or two later there it was. Superb views adequately showing how large this species is compared with other sylvia warblers. The light was poor so no photos so I locked the door happy. At that moment I thought I heard a curse. I had shut the door and flushed the birds momentarily from the garden. It was then I saw a dozen figures huddled high in a hedge. Sorry chaps but you were asked to come on Sunday.
The Conference was excellent. Great talks all round, great food, good companionship made all the better for seeing such a rare bird in the UK.