Flamborough catch-up

May 2013

Been a fun first May in Flamborough. I won’t return from Shetland until June so here, just a few highlights.


2013-05-21_150534Red-spotted Bluethroat– excellent find for Mark Thomas at Buckton Pond. Digiscoped at longer range in the wet- he trapped it later that evening.

2013-05-21_145742Plenty of flycatcher action with several Spotteds and Pied’s including this first summer male
Red-breastedFly Flamborough JB 19-05-2013This Red-breasted Flycatcher stayed mostly up in the canopy but John Beaumont secured a beautiful shot with his ‘tight Yorkshireman’ digiscoping set-up of old battleship grey Swarovski, home-made securing ring and Canon S95 (same one I use)

2013-05-21_145641same Red-breasted Flycatcher using DSLR- sometimes digiscoping wins even with small active birds.

garganey four4 (2 pairs) of Garganey together on Buckton Pond earlier in the month were a fine treat.

Osprey Holmes Gut 24.4.13This Osprey was a bonus flying past Homes Gut with a male Ring Ouzel flushed 2 minutes later.

Stonechat  hibernans May 2013 ThornwickFemale European Stonechat ssp. hibernans. Not rare. one of the pair on my daily walk but the subject of stuff I am writing at the mo.


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2 Responses to Flamborough catch-up

  1. Peter de Knijff says:

    Perhaps a stupid question, but a safe subspecies ID on non adult male Bluethroats is considered almost impossible by many. At least in Holland we have experiences with orangethroated Bluethroats, very similar to the redthroated, and even being adult male!
    This bird, clearly not an adult male would be considered impossible to safely identify, as are all Autumn birds.
    If there are rock solid criteria which supports a 100% certain ID of this bird being a red throated (and not one of the orange throats) it would be great to learn these

  2. Roland van der Vliet says:

    Hi Peter. You are right of course but only if this bird had not been trapped. In this case, it evidently was so its measurements must have identified it as a Red-spotted? All the best

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