An Eastern Crowned Warbler, a long-anticipated firstĀ for Britain & Ireland, was found at Trow Quarry, South Shields, Co Durham, on 22nd October 2009. The finder posted a photograph of the bird on Birdforums and news quickly spread. The bird was still present at dawn on 23rd October and enjoyed by crowds of British birders.

Eastern Crowned Warbler has now been added as a "pending" addition to BOU, Britain & Ireland, Birdwatch and UK400 baselists, and so can be added by those birders who have made the trip to see this super little bird.