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?
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...
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..