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Bluethroat ID Quiz
KEEN to find your own Bluethroat in spring, you’re familiar with it in all its plumages and – even better – have boned up on vocalisations. Turning a corner on the boardwalk at your local wetland reserve, you hear a tell-tale song, raise your bins and – bingo! – there it is: a singing male Bluethroat.
Wait a minute, though – isn’t it supposed to have a white or a red spot on its throat? Try as you might, you can’t seem to see this feature. Using Andy Stoddart’s definitive guide to the species – to be found in our May 2015 issue – it should still be possible to identify this bird to form, even if the actual subspecies might be impossible. Going through the different subtle plumage features, you should eventually alight on the correct identification, though it might be tough going.