But first a photograph of one of five Common Sandpipers - including a young bird - seen yesterday in the Forest of Bowland and photographed by John Bateman....thanks for this John, captured on a not so routine birding 'flycatcher day'....can't wait until the next time.
Highly unlikely in our area - and most other areas in the UK - but if you find what you think is a Dartford Warbler take a close look as it may well be a Marmora's Warbler like the one currently causing a stir in Gwent and of which the species is superficially like, though along with other differences the MW is more rounded in the body and has a slightly shorter tail.
It's only 28 years ago since the first record of Marmora's Warbler in Britain, a singing male found in a moorland valley in Yorkshire on 15 May 1982, it turned out to be a very obliging individual as it stayed there for just over two months until 22 July. It was ten years later before the second one made an appearance again in Yorkshire at Spurn in June 1992, this was another male as was the third one this time at St Abb's Head in Berwickshire in May 1993, then the last one to be found before today's bird in Wales was in May 2001 at Scolt Head in Norfolk, it was thought this same bird was present for one day later in the month at Sizewell in Suffolk.
You have to wonder just what makes a tiny short-range migrant travel so far, just one of many fascinating aspects of our world of birds, do they somehow forget to 'turn off' their migratory urges to end up being stranded almost a thousand miles out of range. There are those who consider birds reaching Britain to be of the race S.s.sarda found on Corsica and Sardinia.