European Lesser Whitethroat

 

 nominate curruca

With a fair bit of talk about blythi- Siberian Lesser Whitethroat- on the blog recently I felt the need to bring some basics; helped by this little fella on my patio a few days ago. I can’ be 100% sure but this fits my search image for European Lesser Whitethroat just fine. I think that’s what it is (as opposed to Siberian).

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Here’ s a little showcase of what the common expected taxon looks like- to help me be prepared for the rare stuff. For more on separating European, Siberian and Desert Lesser Whitethroats see The Challenge Series: AUTUMN.

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough with freshly caught 'daddy long legs'

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough with freshly caught ‘daddy long legs’

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. Nominate birds tend to look greyer headed with whiter underparts

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. Nominate birds tend to look greyer headed with whiter underparts

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. In profile

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. In profile

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. From behind can still show brown up the nape so field views at variety of angles important to gain overall impression of plumage

Lesser Whitethroat 20th September, Flamborough. From behind can still show brown up the nape so field views at variety of angles important to gain overall impression of plumage

Lesser Whitethroat 16th September, Flamborough. A few days earlier a scruffy bird in Old Fall hedge. tail feathers moulting- just shows what can be caught on camera with a bit of luck :)

Lesser Whitethroat 16th September, Flamborough. A few days earlier a scruffy bird in Old Fall hedge. tail feathers moulting- just shows what can be caught on camera with a bit of luck 🙂

2 thoughts on “European Lesser Whitethroat

  1. Mick Cunningham

    very useful to do this Martin; thanks. I think a similar exercise with Lesser black back and Herring Gulls in July/Autumn/Sept versus Caspian and YL Gull would be equally useful. At risk of appearing a numpty (:)) I’d suggest a lot of Gull ID literature oversimplifies by comparing Caspo and YLG but, inland, it’s LBB and (even!) Herring v YL Gull that’s the problem, especially for ‘immature’ birds ie beyond juv/into 2CY with a multitude of odd, clapped out, moulting plumages in ‘summer’. If anyone out there is willing to do it I know at least a dozen folk in 1 small birding patch who’d devour it!

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    1. Mick Cunningham

      I should’ve been clearer: juvs, ‘proper’ 1st W and older imms with adult mantle feathers aren’t usually the problem. It’s the ‘in-betweeners’.

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