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08:35 pm: First twitch of the year...first dip of the year
With 12 rare birds in the country, and a resolution not to seek anything non-rare before half term (to prevent birding taking over my life), I chose a black-throated thrush in Llanelwy in North Wales today. The bird had been showing three or four times a day recently in various places, and I reckoned that Jan 1, with lots of pairs of eyes in the field, would be a good day to look for a wide ranging bird.

I was wrong. The damned thing didn't show all day...except for one occasion on which someone 'saw it in flight'. Hmmm.

The only positive thing resulting from a 240 mile drive and 10 hours of total effort came when I took a lunch break and zipped 5 miles down the road for an easy tick...


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Date:January 2nd, 2017 03:51 am (UTC)
They are so pretty.

I just checked, and they haven't split the European species from the North American yet. I'm sure they'll get around it to it eventually!
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Date:January 2nd, 2017 05:55 pm (UTC)
I assume you mean Bohemian, rather than Cedar?
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Date:January 2nd, 2017 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, Cedars look different. Bohemians look identical to the European waxwings, but that hasn't stopped them from splitting anything else. I'm sure they'll find a genetic excuse if they look hard enough!
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