Bird watchers flock to Souter Lighthouse after nearby sighting of bird the Booted Warbler

Bird watchers travelled to Souter Lighthouse after nearby sighting of rare bird the Booted Warbler.

Sunday, 30th August 2020, 8:02 pm

Bird watchers gathered in their dozens in the grassland near to the Souter Lighthouse car park, in South Tyneside, following reported sightings of a bird called the Booted Warbler.

South Tyneside residents have said that from early as 10am on Sunday, August 30, around 30 people had already travelled to the area in the hope of spotting the interesting bird.

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Bird watchers gather near to Souter Lighthouse after reported sightings of rare bird the Booted Warbler. Photo by Steve Lavelle.

More bird watchers were reported to have arrived later in the day after news of the bird in area spread among bird watching groups.

The bird watchers had set up watch posts in the grass area south of the car park next to Souter Lighthouse.

According to bird expert, Birdguides.com, the Booted Warbler is a busy and characterful warbler with structural features such as a square tail and hefty, strongly curled claws.The expert site said that bird watchers hoping to see a Booted Warbler in Britain are in with a good shout on the east coast and Northern Isles between mid-August and the end of October, although the best opportunities are in September.

Have you been in the area and spotted the Booted Warbler? We’d love to see your photos and videos!

Please send them into us via the Shields Gazette Facebook page or by emailing us at [email protected] and we will look to share them with a credit. Thank you.

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