Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat: it’s back!

After an absence of forty-seven days, the ‘eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat, which had made sporadic appearances in Dave Jackson’s Northampton garden back in January, returned today.!cid_84C8967F-563F-4BB1-86AF-C1CE84A1EC60 Dave managed to capture some images which partly show the tail pattern – a largely white outer tail feather (some faint clouding at the distal end of the inner web) but it’s still not possible to see if there is any white at the tip of the adjacent feather, T5.!cid_0E5171D5-9804-4779-97F9-E5DF0446781E Is it there or has it worn away (as the tail feathers appear quite abraded)? A video-grab of mine made back in January hinted at its presence but may be inconclusive. !cid_734F3360-04E3-4280-B0E5-141AFD0AD623Either way, this bird pretty much ticks all the boxes for Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat, the name now being proposed here for birds in the group somewhere within the blythihalimodendri spectrum.

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