Thoughts on the Blue Rock Thrush

Having had time to reflect and digest the fact Thursdays Blue Rock Thrush was the same bird that wintered in Gloucestershire, I now feel have a vested personal interest in it’s outcome. I had only loosely followed the narrative surrounding the record thus far. Certainly an unusual location, December in a Gloucestershire village but I write this as someone who saw the 1988 Golden-winged Warbler in a Tesco carpark, in January, near Maidstone. So I don’t really see how location or timing is of huge detriment to the provenance of this bird. It certainly looked a lot better feeding on the chalky slopes of Beachy Head, occasionally perched on the isolated lighthouse buildings then it did at it’s wintering location.

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Stow-in-the-Wold to Beachy Head. Last seen there on the 4th April. That’s best part of 190km in a little less the 48hrs, a strong SE movement.

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Only another 700km to go on the same trajectory before being back in the French/Swiss Alps.

Having been seen in Glos. as recently as Tuesday 4th April, it was making good and direct progress back towards the continent of Europe which it’s brief appearance on Beachy Head would suggest. Perhaps one could argue heading for some montane region of France or the Mediterranean basin.


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