Eyebrowed Thrush on Whalsay

I moved to Shetland some twelve years ago for a number of reasons – but foremost amongst them was always the archipelago’s magnetic attraction for massively displaced rare birds. Shetland, and Whalsay in particular, have been very kind to me thereafter and I’ve seen (and found) some spectacular birds down the years.

From time to time I get phone calls from friends on the island asking for an identification of something they don’t recognise. One of those calls came today… and some 10 minutes later, I was looking at this photo taken yesterday by Carolyn Simpson of Whalsay’s first (and Britain’s 21st ever) Eyebrowed Thrush – in her garden!

The full story will be exclusively in my weekly Round-Up for the excellent bird news operators at Rare Bird Alert this coming Wednesday. Meanwhile, I need to refuel and then get back out in the field…

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