I just spent a lovely week on Sardinia. The recently split Mediterranean Flycatcher (Muscicapa tyrrhenica tyrrhenica) is pleasantly common there.
It seems to occur in a much wider range of habitats than Spotted Fly in NW Europe. From macchia to hill forests and from quiet farmland with scattered trees to village gardens: they seemed to be everywhere below the tree line.
First proof that it's the nominate subspecies of Hume's Leaf Warbler that reaches Europe.
Aerobics, the final countdown and warbler taxonomy
Back in the 80s, Hume's Leaf Warbler was still considered a ssp. of Yellow-browed Warbler. Since then not only our hair fashion and taste in music has improved, but also our insights in leaf warbler taxonomy. There are significant genetic, morphological and aco...
Probable Russian Common Gull, 5 February 2012, Meijendel, Wassenaar, the Netherlands
I don't like using measurements as a diagnostic feature to ID sexes or subspecies. Last week was no exception.
After another mild winter, an unusual late cold spell hit the country early March. Temperatures dropped to minus 8 C, combined with a 7 Bft easterly. At the very end of winter... that's just killing. Litter...
Eastern Black Redstart, 1 cy male, October 2008, Kazakhstan (Arend Wassink)
Redstart articles coming up!
The ID article on Eastern Black Redstart vs. hybrids that I wrote with Nicolas Martinez (check his site for interesting info on redstarts and other stuff) for Dutch Birding is still on the desk of the editors. EDIT June 2018: it has now been published