COMMON WHITETHROAT

 

Sylvia communis

A: Witkeelsanger

 

Despite what the name implies – it is a rather uncommon summer visitor. A very secretive bird, spending almost all of its time in dense thickets. Its presence would no doubt go unnoticed were it not for its rather distinctive melodic call. The grey head/cap, rufous wing panel and plain white chest are the best way of ID.