The news of a Bonellis Warbler being trapped and ringed in The Moat at Dungeness mid morning yesterday; had myself, Bradders Jnr and Shaun heading south straight from work hoping for a midweek tick (my and Shaun only).
By midday it was confirmed as a Western Bonellis, and it at 1.30pm it was reported again. Leaving Hornchurch at about 5pm we made good time arriving around 6.30pm. At first the news was positive with a departing birder stating the bird had shown just 10 ins earlier. We joined a small group of birders stood before a section of cover and it soon became apparent that it contained a number of Willow Warblers, but not a lot else. After 30 mins or so we decided we'd search the rest of The Moat. Despite us not finding a Bonellis Warbler we did enjoy a great supporting cast of 2 Black Redstarts, up to a dozen Wheatears, 2 Winchats and best of all 2 cracking male Redstarts.
With the light rapidly fading we bashed some bushed hoping to relocate the earlier reported Wryneck, but again no joy, so we headed off for a fish and chip supper, only to find that closed too!
That's the 2nd Western Bonellis me and Shaun have now dipped. It'll be 3rd time luck hopefully.