Not all winter whitethroats are eastern …

My old buddy Pete Campbell, who divides his time between Northants and the Isle of Wight, sent these images of a Lesser Whitethroat taken in his garden on the island on 7th March. It has been present daily since January.  This looks all the world like a standard grey and white curucca therefore we should not assume that all wintering Lesser Whitethroats are of eastern origin. Compare it here with our Northampton bird.

Lesser Whitethroat, Isle of Wight, 7th March 2014 (Pete Campbell)

Lesser Whitethroat, Isle of Wight, 7th March 2014 (Pete Campbell)

Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat, Northampton, 11th March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat, Northampton, 11th March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

 

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