Ok boys and girls – enough of the rough stuff and back to birding. I was just having a trawl around the internet this morning and came across this superb article on Lanceolated Warbler ID by Martin Garner on Birdguides*.
Martin discusses not only the ID of Lancy, including a possibly new ID criteria tertial overhang – read the article you’ll be enlightened, but also the pressure he felt to get the ID right and not be rushed… after my Shetland experience this is a lesson I learned the hard way!
*You may need to register with Birdguides to view this article… you should anyway!
PS – The Drunkbirder has a slightly different name for ‘Nils’ and wouldn’t want to comment on the new verb that could be made from it. To be fair some of my ID criteria wouldn’t make a ‘From The BBRC Files’ article. I give you an ID feature for the supercillium on Sykes’s Warbler… ‘it fades out like a sad dribble of spunk.’