Visitors from the East

We went over to St Martin’s yesterday

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Despite the threatening skies we managed to avoid the rain

redwing
There had been a big fall of redwings overnight – they seemed to be in every field we passed

fieldfare
We also saw around 40 fieldfares during the day

siberian-shonechat
When we returned to St Mary’s we went off to see a Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maura)

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Siberian Stonechat differs from Stonechat in several ways – it has a marked supercilium, white tips to the tail feathers and a pink unstreaked rump which blends into pinkish flanks


This video shows these features

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-10-24-07In addition the Siberian Stonechat has black underwing coverts

UPDATE

The Siberian Stonechat has now been re-identifed as a Caspian Stonechat which is a sub species of Siberian Stonechat which is being considered as a species in its own right.

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-17-08-22As this tweet demonstrates it is the long white markings in the tail which differentiates Caspian from Siberian

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-17-01-12And  the same white tail markings taken from our video above also shows this characteristic

2 thoughts on “Visitors from the East

  1. thanks so much Adrian for your posts they are great . I look forward to them every day
    Neil…from IOS swim last year….swam with Caroline

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