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).
Compare with THIS BIRD and info
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. Nominate birds tend to look greyer headed with whiter underparts
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 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 🙂