2020 gets off to a flying start

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Lesser WhitethroatThe new year has started more or less where 2019 had left off, with rarities being recorded and photographed during the first week of 2020. A big thank you to Ricky Owen for reporting the sightings and also letting us use his wonderful photographs.

Lesser Whitethroat
Could this be the Siberian subspecies?

Quite apart from the Cadiz record of Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca, thought by some to be the Siberian subspecies C.c. blythi, Rock Pipit was also discovered, a more frequent visitor, but rare nonetheless. To add to the early year excitement Common Gull was seen well and photographed at Costa Ballena and there is a fine male Pallid Harrier wintering in northern Doñana.

Rock Pipit

Many of our rarities and other great sighting appear and are well illustrated on our ABS Facebook page, a good reason to pop along and view the Society’s social media pages. See here

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