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  • Last summer i was unable to identify a bird, here are the details. Location, Shropshire Union Canal, near Nantwich, Cheshire. The bird was Robin sized, slightly darker brown than a Robin. It was in the undergrowth at the bottom of a hedge a few yards from the tow path. It was skulking about and making what i can only describe as a "whirring" noise. The bird soon disappeared when i approached. Can anyone help, please. Regards. Tom.
  • Hi Tom, not a lot to go on. I suspect it would have been an alarm call as you approached but of what. I'm not sure what a whirring noise sounds like. Did it sound anything like this?

  • That would be my guess too, TJ.

  • Thanks, TJ & Robbo. The sound the Eurasian Wren makes is similar to what i heard. I thought at the time the bird could be a Cetti's Warbler, it looked similar, not sure if a Cetti's makes a "whirring" sound or if they are ever as far north as Cheshire.

  • Tom A
    not sure if a Cetti's makes a "whirring" sound or if they are ever as far north as Cheshire.

    I've only ever heard the song of a Cetti's. However I've done a search on the Xeno-canto website and found what is described as an alarm call. Does this sound any closer? The behaviour you describe would fit with a Cetti's

    Marco Dragonetti, XC345501. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/345501.

    PS I'm not sure if Cetti's are seen that far north either. There may be other possibilities like the alarm calls of Sedge or Reed Warblers given the location.

  • Tony, many thanks. This is exactly what i heard, what threw me was the distribution map for Cetti's Warbler is many miles south of Cheshire. Must learn to trust my instincts... LOL! Kind regards. Tom.

  • There are Cetti's in and around Sheffield Tom which will be just as far North as you are.

  • Cheers, Alan.

    Regards.

    Tom.

  • Glad we cracked it, Tom. It just shows how birds are adapting to climate change. Great White Egrets colonising the UK - saw one in Cumbria before Christmas and many more Chiffchaffs overwintering.

  • Yes, four years ago, during the Big Garden Bird Watch, a female Blackcap landed on my garden fence, and was promptly seen off by the Sparrows.  So, as you say, some species are overwintering, making the dark winter the days a bit more colourful.

    Regards, Tom