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Whilst out and about on the Lizard this winter it is worth keeping an eye out for a lovely little visiting bird from Siberia – the beautiful Yellow Browed Warbler.


Yellow Browed Warbler

This tiny bird (about 10cm long and in the same family as the more common Chiffchaff) is a rare winter visitor – however this year they have turned up in relatively large numbers and are being reported from many sites on the Lizard. Daily sightings can be viewed at www.cbwps.org.uk. Although not technically on the Lizard a good site is around the sewage works at Penrose (Helston); there are also at least two frequenting the sewage works at Coverack. They can turn up anywhere but favour trees and scrub close to the coast and are often found mixing with flocks of tits, crests and chiffchaffs.

Another northern winter visitor is the Brambling – you will have a much better chance of seeing one of these on the Lizard as they frequent bird feeders. They also are often found in flocks of Chaffinch.

Male brambling
Male Brambling

Female-bramblingFemale Brambling

Published: Jan 2019
Author: Dougy Wright