This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Friday, 5 April 2013

The First Genetically Confirmed Siberian Lesser Whitethroat From Britain

Well, the results are back for Weymouth's wintering Lesser Whitethroat.

DNA results have proved, beyond any doubt, that this bird is a Siberian Lesser Whitethroat.

Thanks go to the efforts of Ian Dodd and Luke Phillips who trapped and ringed the bird, who couldn't have done so without the kind hospitality of Bob and Tricia, and Martin Collinson of Aberdeen University who did the science of extracting the DNA from a few dropped feathers.

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