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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Lesser Whitethroat in my garden again

Edit: there is a good post by Martin Garner here and apparently things have changed a bit since I last looked into it. The race blythi ('Siberian' Lesser Whitethroat) - see paper here, has been reinstated and is the default "eastern" type. This is what I suspect the bird below is.

Popped down to Church Cove today and found this. Seemed to have all the features of halimodendri / minula / blythi type (Central Asian / Desert / Siberian Lesser Whitehroat). Behaving quite unlike a Lesser Whitehroat. Sticking to the upper and mid canopy in tall mature trees. Any thoughts on the race anybody?

Apologies for crap photos - light was dire and then camera battery died. Didn't hear it call. Anyway - pretty sure it's not an Orphean Warbler

Peachy flanks and breast contrasting with pale throat

This was after the bird got wet, which probably accentuates the breast colour. Doesn't have much of a mask either and it's pretty clear the brown extends up the nape

Another photo showing the brown extending up the nape. You can see the white on the tail on this photo too

The mask does look slightly darker in this underexposed photo, but you can see the peachy breast

Another blurry photo showing the brown extending all the way up the nape. You can see the white on the tail on this photo too

A less blurry, but rather underexposed photo. The lores look pretty pale (or at least not as dark as I'd expect on a normal one.

Here's a few more taken by Tony Blunden


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