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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Blue Rock Thrush...

Whether it's a genuine vagrant or an escape, we will never know for sure - it's impossible to call. Ever optimistic, birders are nearly always looking for a tick and the majority will plump for this beautiful bird being a wild vagrant, whilst a few (usually those who've already seen an 'accepted' bird) will question its origins. Either way it was worth going to see simply because it was a male Blue Rock Thrush and it was kicking about in someone's back garden in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. The weather was a bit grim but the bird showed well and everybody was happy. To top it off there were two Waxwings a short walk away too - a great few hours birding and a super way to finish 2016.

Blue Rock Thrush, male
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Blue Rock Thrush, male
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire 
Blue Rock Thrush, male
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire 
Blue Rock Thrush, male
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Blue Rock Thrush, male
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire 
Happy New Year to everyone. Raise a glass to good birding, herping and whatever tickles your fancy, in 2017!

NB: All photos taken on the Nikon P900.

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