I saw a beautiful bird on my dogwood tree. First thing I saw was a bright yellow patch on it above the tail feathers, and another smaller patch on the side of the breast. It was sideways on to me. Its feathers were all puffed up, since it was really cold out. It stayed there for more than five minutes, moving only its head. I thought it might be injured, but it did eventually fly. The main colours were grey, getting white towards breast with some streaking. When I got my binoculars I could see that it had a pale brown cap and there were matching pale brown stripes down its back. It had a warbler beak. In my Chris Early book, I identified it as a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Location: Engleburn Place, Peterborough

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.