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Friday, 20 June 2008

Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) on 3rd June 2008

After an early breakfast in the tour hotel in Banska Bystrica, I had time to have a wander round the park next to the hotel. There were many Fieldfares here – some looking as if they were juveniles. Just as I was reaching my deadline for leaving in order to be in time to pick up the group, this warbler flew into the tree beside me. As it arrived, I got the impression of a bird with a rather yellow underside. I was then struck by the bright red appearance of the beak. Unfortunately duty called, and I was not able to hang around in the hope of getting a better view, so it remained unidentified. Subsequently, experienced birders have identified it as an Icterine Warbler.

juvenile Fieldfare ?

Icterine Warbler

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