This bird is a fre­quent vis­i­tor to our gar­den, can you con­firm what it is for us please

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QThis bird has vis­ited to feed on a ma­ho­nia bush and suet balls in our Pem­brokeshire gar­den in re­cent weeks. It fits the de­scrip­tion of a Lesser Whitethroat: slightly big­ger than a Blue Tit, grey­ish-black legs, plain brown to grey across the back and head, and creamy white un­der­neath, more white around the throat. It has moved from flower head to flower head, us­ing its pointed, war­bler­type beak to get right in­side each one. Could it be a Lesser Whitethroat at this time of year? M&I Ni­cholas

AWe think you’ve an­swered your own ques­tion, su­perbly, iden­ti­fy­ing all the key char­ac­ter­is­tics of a Lesser Whitethroat. Although these birds usu­ally mi­grate to Africa in win­ter (like most of our war­blers), very oc­ca­sion­ally one or two re­main in Bri­tain or else­where in north­ern Europe, and the UK also gets oc­ca­sional va­grants of the east­ern races of Lesser Whitethroat. It’s im­pos­si­ble to fig­ure out the sub­species of this one, but pre­sum­ably the fact you’re in one of the warmer parts of the coun­try (and your gar­den feed­ing ef­forts) is mak­ing it eas­ier for it to find food.

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