A bird I can't identify

  sunnypete 13:51 02 Nov 2012

Had a bird in our garden this morning, new to me. Can't find it in my books or on the RSPB web identifier, so have come to the fount of all knowledge. Don't have a photo, brief description as follows. About the size of a blackbird, rather more greyish and slimmer, a prominent reddish brown patch under the beak, on the "chest?", possibly a small white mark on the top of the head, perched on the fence looking around for several minutes, then flew off quite rapidly. Anyone any ideas?

  sunnypete 14:19 02 Nov 2012

Don't think that's it, very much like a blackbird but rather slimmer and colour more evenly greyish black, with this prominent reddish-brown "chest". Drawn a blank so far...

  sunnypete 14:46 02 Nov 2012

They don't seem to have an identification section.

  hssutton 16:38 02 Nov 2012

Waxwing? I've been out with the camera for several days looking for waxwings, as this is the time of year they appear in the UK. No luck as yet.


  Aitchbee 17:03 02 Nov 2012

According to my little Observers book on Birds ... a male redstart, perhaps.

  sunnypete 17:19 02 Nov 2012

Thanks both, but I've looked at these and don't think so. Too large for the redstart, also the colouring on the throat - chest quite subdued, think the waxwing also a smaller bird and the crest on the head would be very apparent. I first took my visitor to be a male blackbird until I saw the reddish-brown on the throat - chest, also, I thought, rather slimmer than the usual blackbird.

Didn't think it would be so difficult to identify my feathered visitor, felt sure someone on here, perhaps even Himself, would immediately say "Oh this is a ginger-throated thingamy", shall have to keep watch for another visit... with my camera ready...

  Blackhat 17:37 02 Nov 2012

Only one I can think of is the Rock Thrush, Images in link.

Rock Thrush

  sunnypete 18:01 02 Nov 2012

Thanks, plenty of pictures there, but my visitor's reddish brown was only at the throat so don't think it was a rock thrush, would it have come to a suburban garden?

  QuizMan 19:39 02 Nov 2012

Not a female blackbird by any chance?

  morddwyd 20:18 02 Nov 2012



The rusty patch is actually under the wing, but an appaer to spread to breast under certain conditions.

Similarly, the white mark is an eyeline

Massive influx from Scandinavia this time of the year.

  sunnypete 10:24 03 Nov 2012

Quizman, possibly but I don't think so, we have these from time to time, also the males so recognise them quite well. Had this distinct reddish-brown patch which I thought unusual. Keeping my camera handy but possibly only a passing visitor..

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