Sexy beast



A good day, but not as good as we’d anticipated it might be. JLI and I spent the morning scouring the island and becoming increasingly despondent – there were migrants, but not the deluge we’d been hoping for. A smattering of species around the isle – Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Redstarts, a few Willow Warblers, a couple of Whitethroats, and the most noticeable arrival from the previous day – reasonable numbers of Lesser Whitethroats.

The sunny and clear weather was less than perfect for delivering a fall, but was clearly getting some of the newcomers’ sap rising – lots of singing Lesser Whitethroats, and yesterday’s male Bluethroat in the plantation even managed a brief burst of song. No sign of yesterday’s Icterine Warbler, though that’s not terribly surprising given that species’ ability to dissolve never to be seen again in a matter of moments, let alone overnight. (Take last year when we gave JA a call to come and see one we’d pinned down in the plantation – he turned up within 5 minutes, and not a sniff of the Icterine could we find. Whitethroat, Willow Warbler… but no sign of the lifer JA was hoping for. Icterines are uncanny and mysterious creatures).

I came home at lunchtime half meaning to get on with planting tatties, but the lure of boosting my feeble house yearlist proved too strong, so some serious scope work ensued. Managed to add Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, and in the evening a Whinchat at serious range.

I did venture out though after a report of a small bird with a blue throat at Vevoe – and perhaps unsurprisingly, that turned out to be a male Bluethroat. Suitably inspired, back to the plantation and in a nearby garden yesterday’s Bluethroat fed on the the lawn like a common or garden Robin. Absolutely stunning. Finally, back home and a female Bluethroat on the compost heap – again, probably a leftover from yesterday. A good addition to the yearlist though.

And now lots of Bluethroat porn… mmm….

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