Thursday 29 December 2016

Blue Rock Thrush .....At Stow-on-the-Wold

Blue Rock Thrush.

Having never seen Blue Rock Thrush in the UK before i gave into temptation and traveled to Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire this morning arriving at 8am, after parking in the car park i made my way around to Fisher close and had a wander around to look for the Thrush as it had not been seen yet.

I checked out the field behind the houses as there were lot's of Redwing & Fieldfares plus Blackbird ,Song & Mistle Thrush put in an appearance but no sign of the Blue Rock Thrush , however the shout went up that it had been seen in a small tree by the house's and by the time i got there it had flown down into the garden !!!!

Perched on a satellite dish.

I didn't have long to wait as it soon flew onto the tv aerial then over our heads and out of sight again before it flew up again and had a long preen on top of a satellite dish in the sunshine.

Lovely colour.

There's lot's of debate online on the origins of this bird (something i never get involved in to be honest) , is it a genuine vagrant ? or has it escaped from someones collection ? are the main topics of debate .

 I personally never add anything on my bird list until it's been approved and accepted by the BOURC and this bird goes straight onto my Pending acceptance or rejection list.

At the end of the day whether it's accepted as a true wild bird or not it's still a cracking bird to see and the Stow-on-the-Wold residents were very pleasant and many thanks to them for allowing us birders access to see this bird . 

Blue Rock Thrush.


  1. A cracking bird indeed. Accepted or not, still a beauty. Happy New Year.

  2. Well our lovely BRT that raised lots of money for our local Kates Home Nursing Charity was last seen about 3 weeks ago at Folkestone, so hopefully he made it home. He was a gift for us here in Stow, and we loved having all the Birdwatchers around.

    1. Hi , fingers crossed he made it home safely , many thanks to all at Stow for making it a great experience (and thankfully plenty of funds raised for a great cause).

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