A much wanted addition to my Fair Isle list was this bird in the garden at Utra. This bird was fairly elusive before showing well and initially gave a mixed impression of both Common Nightingale and Thrush Nightingale. It was rather bright on the upper-parts which led to the thought of it being a Common Nightingale whilst the under parts were fairly grey and scalloped and with obvious dark malar stripes which is lacking on Common Nightingale. The wing formula also supports Thrush Nightingale over Common Nightingale but in the field it was a less than straight forward of individuals.

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UK Rarities
Thrush Nightingale - Utra Croft, Fair Isle May 2017