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Monday, 21 October 2013

Siberian Rubythroat - guaranteed!

If anyone wants to see one of the above in the UK then all you have to do is book a trip to Shetland ensuring that you arrive on the day I leave and then stay for 4 days. Today's bird is the 4th in the last ten years that's done this. This one was found an hour after I left. Other species that have done the same are Savanna Sparrow, Rufous-tailed Robin and 2 Chestnut-eared Buntings.

12 comments:

Slaphead said...

ouch.

Alex said...

Come on now, don't get greedy. Sykes Warbler and Thick flushed sorry I mean Thick-billed Warbler in the bag. You should try pottering around Glamorganshire in October, today's highlight was Yellow T+S sat on top of the recycling roof at Lamby Way tip. Anyway, looking forward to a mainland Thick-billed Warbler to add to my mainland Siberian Rubythroat!

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Phil B said...

I'd be feeling pretty smug if I'd just come back from Shetland with TBW on my list, seen Rubythroat in India so not too bothered about that!

MauriceC said...

There's a charter going for £675 !

Randal M Snowdrop said...

For that price you could probably get a flight out to India. Live comfortably for a few weeks and still have change for 200 fags in duty free on the way back.

Actually for that price you could fly to Almaty. Hire a 4x4 upto the Tien Shan astronomical observatory and see Himalayan Rubythroat plus all the other goodies and still have change for a bag of chips when you got home.

Are there any other CBC members with the rubythroat duo on their world tick list? If so, I'm going to start a splinter group.

Randal M Snowdrop said...

And David's Rubythroat now I think about it (aka Firethroat). So we'll make that the trio.

Seymour said...

I can join the "2 Rubythroats Club" and, in my opinion, Himalayan is the better bird.
I won't be parting with that kind of money for one.
Alex - I actually saw the TBW perched, twice! Ok, so for about 3 seconds in total but better than the views most had.

MauriceC said...

Also a member of the 2 Rubythroat club. Agree with Seymour that Himalayan is the better one. Saw TBW in China - another brown job !

Randal M Snowdrop said...

Thanks Maurice. You bring a bit of class to the CBC 2 Rubythroat club (at last). We're having our annual curry night soon. Anyone want to give the speech and awards?

Seymour said...

I'll supply the hot, noxious air to create a realistic, sub-continental atmosphere.....

Randal M Snowdrop said...

......thank you Seymour. I would appreciate it if you could refrain from 'dropping the kids off to the pool' durng the meal. Much as I love the 'authentic' sub-continetal atmosphere, I'm not sure Llandaff is quite ready for the full-on No2 in public experience.