So the news is in and the Flamborough ficedula is a 1S Pied Flycatcher according to the mDNA analysis. I guess if that is the case then it must be an Iberian but will we ever be sure? Whatever it was it was a smart bird and hopefully all those of us who (finally) went to see it will have learned something.
As Martin Garner is fond of saying, it’s all about learning and trying to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t gutted that Atlas Flycatcher isn’t my 450th BOU species… it’s not so no point crying over it.