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Old Saturday 24th November 2012, 17:29   #1
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Late Lesser Whitethroats - SW England

Hello,

I saw a Lesser Whitethroat on the 14th November in Plymouth, and since then Iíve been seeing quite a few more sightings of them on birdguides across the South West, the latest being today (24th November).
Is this usual for there to be so many so late? and why might this be happening?

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Old Sunday 25th November 2012, 11:07   #2
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Hello,

I saw a Lesser Whitethroat on the 14th November in Plymouth, and since then Iíve been seeing quite a few more sightings of them on birdguides across the South West, the latest being today (24th November).
Is this usual for there to be so many so late? and why might this be happening?

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Laurie
My theory backed up by no evidence at all,is that they are not late british birds but european birds migrating southwest to winter,like many Blackcaps now do.Who knows in twenty years time they could be regular winter visitors?

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Old Sunday 25th November 2012, 14:35   #3
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Nice idea Pete, let's hope so.
In the meantime: they are eastern birds migrating round the E end of the Med.
Turning up here at this time of year could well be vagrants, possibly from further east (there are some recent threads here concerning poss halimodendri etc).
Could be worth your grilling these birds, or maybe not, up to you ...
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Are Lesser's hardier birds than Common Whitethroats? They appear to be recorded later in the UK .....that is based on information what I come across.
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Good question - they certainly seem to be. I wonder if they can switch their diet better, rather like Blackcaps. I've certainly seen LW taking berries. And they occasionally come to suet feeders in gardens too - i failed to see a presumed halimodendri doing just that in Cornwall. When i were't lad, it was Siberian - 'blythi' - which were occasionally reported in winter...?
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