Bluethroat, Willow Tree Fen

The south Lincolnshire area continues it’s recent good form. This first winter male was spotted (pardon the pun) on Friday. It is more than likely of the red-spotted form, from Scandinavia/Northern Europe. Close views show a very small reddish area, above the blue, not sure if this is conclusive for red spot, but it’s where the red would be in an adult. Anyway, it’s a cracking little bird, pretty fearless, and seemed to be finding plenty to eat in the harsh conditions. Frost, sleet, rain and very cold winds weren’t bothering it too much, amazing when you think they normally over-winter in Africa or Northern India. I suspect that it will be provided with mealworms soon.

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