I knew none of this, until I entered to Obs and noticed on the notes pad, that the Lesser Whitethroat was still in the Obs quarry. Notice the wording here, Lesser Whitethroat, nothing more, nothing less.
So, I make a remark to one prominent figure there. "I see the Lesser Whitethroat is still present today."
"Yes, Martin trapped it this morning. It's the same bird that was trapped last Monday"
Oh, I thought. He then explained the reading of the ring gaff from me photos and it looked like that was going to be end of discussion.
With nothing forthcoming I asked, "Well, what is it then?"
"It's probably a blythi" was the answer.
I then caught up with Martin, the Obs warden, who kindly let me see the in hand photos. He also said that he'd sent off samples for DNA testing when he originally caught it on 22nd Sept.
So, why the lack of news dissemination, on what is a very interesting and smart bird and the rather unwillingness to talk and enthuse about it. It's totally baffled me, not the bird I might add, seems I was on the money all along. But I do feel like I was led astray and as a result, somewhat let down. Obviously, I know shit and so am not worthy, I'm guessing.
Anyway, here it is.
|1st-year Siberian Lesser Whitethroat at Portland Bill.|
Is that a smart bird or what?
By the way, the last post was a teneral male Red-eyed Damselfly.
NOW, THIS IS MY LAST POST.