Good to meet up with many twitchy friends - this autumn we had lots of super opportunities to meet.
Dusky Thrush is a much-wanted WP tick for me. Only one Israeli record, in 1984 just before I started birding properly. I saw lots if East Asia, but this is of course a very special bird over here.
The ride back was uneventful. I was hoping for a second tick as we drove through the desolate grouse moors - funnily enough I still need Red Grouse, but that will have to wait for another time.
Many thanks to Will for driving!
Dusky Thrush, Beeley, Derbyshire, 5/12/16
I know little about age and sex of Dusky Thrush. Collins guide shows that pale tips to GC are retained juvenile feathers. But Nils van Duivendijk mentions in his handbook that 1cy should show a moult contrast in GC. In my photos I can see no moult limit, and tail feathers look nice and broad, but what do I know? Regarding sex, throat is all streaked, that seems to indicate female, but underparts pattern is really nice and contrasty. Not sure.
Sorry about this one...
30% of my Derbyshire list
Sunset over Peak District National Park. Good night little bird.