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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Lesser Whitethroat

Hebrides bird sightings -  Lesser Whitethroat
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Lesser Whitethroat

Sylvia curruca

Photography © Frank Stark
Leurbost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
October 4th, 2008

"I noticed another strange warbler in my garden today... a Lesser Whitethroat...The darker ear coverts are a clue but for me the clincher is the grey/blue legs"

 

  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Sylvia curruca
  • UK: 64,000 territories summer BTO
  • UK: Migrant breeder, passage visitor. Arrives: April - May. Leaves: August - September
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years), uncommon in winter (recorded in low numbers each year)
  • Breeds: Europe, Asia
  • Winters: Africa - india
  • Diet: Autumn berries, insects (nectar pre-migration)
  • Habitat: Scrub, semi-desert! hedges!
  • Small warbler. Grey back. Whitish below. Grey head with a dark mask through the eyes. White throat. Sexes are similar. Breaking cover shows white outer tail feathers. Secretive
  • Listen to a Lesser Whitethroat on the RSPB site
  • Similar birds: Common Whitethroat

 

 

Lesser Whitethroat records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years), uncommon in winter (recorded in low numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Lesser Whitethroat is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

Frank's web site of his nature photography
www.frankstark.com

Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section


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