A male Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) was trapped at a private site in the county earlier in the week. The bird showed features of the subspecies “cyanecula”. Perusing of my, albeit not large, collection of Gloucestershire Birds Reports (2003 onwards), I have not been able to find a recent record of the species in the county. A number of Bluethroats have been reported from various points on the south coast of the UK in the last few days suggesting that this particular bird is part of a small influx of the species.
Posted on behalf of David Anderson.