Following the mornings Ring Ouzel the chat/thrush them continued later on in the afternoon. A rubicola-type male Stonechat found by Phil C. in Old Fall hedge could look very ‘eastern-like at some angles with ‘blood spot’ of red on upper breast and big white collar. Alongside it a likely migrant Robin kelp company, and 2-3 Goldcrest fed at our feet in a scene more reminiscent of October. The very grey head of the Goldcrests said Scandinavian, nominate birds. A smart male Black Redstart was found by Brett R. at the lighthouse.
nominate Goldcrest. Up to 3 feet at our feet Old Fall hedge. Obvious grey head with sharply contrasting with olive mantle is indicative of nominate birds (migrants heading to the continent, rather than British breeders); so says the old ‘Witherby’s Handbook’.