Friday, 30 December 2016

Stow on the Wold - 30th December 2016, Blue rock thrush

Another bird that we really ought to have gone for sooner, only a short distance away in the greater scheme of things, a species that we'd not seen in the UK but have seen on numerous occasions abroad.

The visibility was very poor, but we made several circuits of the streets searching for the bird on a roof or chimney pot. Eventually it was turned up, in a back garden, by another birder who also searched proactively rather than stand waiting with the crowd.

 Male rock thrush on trellis

and on the gutter 

The first sighting of the day was much later than the last couple of days and had it not been found then, we would probably have given up in the foggy conditions.