Like a Wil­low War­bler - but why that throat?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

QI took this pho­to­graph at Loch of Kin­nordy RSPB in An­gus, and thought at first it was a Wil­low War­bler, but it was larger and has an in­dis­tinct mark on the throat. Art Sang­ster

AWe think your first in­stincts were cor­rect – it doesn’t ap­pear white enough un­der­neath for Wood War­bler, and al­though the wings are long they don’t look long enough for that species, ei­ther. The mark on the throat is prob­a­bly just some­thing the bird has picked up along the way, pos­si­bly dirt of some sort on the plumage.

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