Red-spotted Bluethroat - Luscinia svecica svecica

On 29 May 1993 Paul Gnode and I were birding on the island of Texel. We just had seen the Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephalus at the northern part of the island and decided to check a small bush just south of the Cocksdorp, near a monument of a Lancaster-Bomber propellor. We flushed one bird which turned out to be a beautiful adult male Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica svecica! We warned other birders and everybody on the island could see the bird very well. Next day it was gone, just typical for this taxon.

29 May 1993, De Cocksdorp, Texel NH; © Hans Gebuis.

It was accepted as the 47th record for the Netherlands. Most records are in the second half of May.

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