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A very brief encounter with a possible Bluethroat

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A very brief encounter with a possible Bluethroat

Post by BrianR » 10 Nov 2015, 17:35

On the 4th scarce migrants at Callernish, North Uist were Black Redstart and Yellow-browed Warbler (with another Yellow-browed still present in a garden at nearby Claddach-vallay). In view of this I thought a return visit may be productive but there were definitely fewer migrants about than on the previous day. A late Whimbrel flew over and a Woodcock was flushed but there was no sign of the redstart or Yellow-browed. After a while I decided to stand on the wall looking into the overgrown section of the west end. A flock of Goldfinch with a couple of Linnets flew in and then a ♂ Blackcap into a large evergreen bush. As I focused on the Blackcap a bird of similar size came into view (or rather its head did) very close to the Blackcap. I registered a very long and striking whitish supercilium and a light submoustachial stripe before the bird was gone. Just a glimpse of light underparts but I had the feeling it was something good so remained for a good half an hour but needless to say I did not see it again. It wasn't until very much later that I gave the mystery bird much thought and Bluethroat fitted perfectly.

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