What’s a blackcap doing in Boxmoor?

male blackcap spotted in Boxmoor
male blackcap spotted in Boxmoor

A rare bird has been spotted visiting Hemel Hempstead in the garden of an amateur birdwatcher.

Steve Gilden couldn’t believe his luck when a male blackcap landed on one of the feeders in his Boxmoor garden.

“I always find it exciting when I see something that I don’t normally see, especially when you think about the fact that this little thing has probably flown all the way from Russia.”

The bird - a type of warbler with a distinctive black cap marking - is normally only found in the UK in the summer but has increasingly been found migrating to England to escape cold winters in northern Europe.