leave their Russian home each autumn and spend the winter in Korea, Japan and China.
Another bird that has a name list of mistle-thrush proportions is the contrastingly inconspicuous hedge-sparrow (thirty-five plus), alias blue Isaac and haysucker, that pons asinorum of the ornithologically correct, who call it a dunnock because it's a thin-billed insect-eating accentor
(Prunella modularis) and not a sparrow at all.
The Dunnock, Hedge Sparrow or Hedge Accentor
, is a pretty uninspiring species.
AN Alpine Accentor
spent four days in a chapel ruins in Minsmere, Suffolk, on a rare visit from the mountains of Southern Europe.
The mountain (Siberian) accentor
(Prunella montanella), bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), dusky thrush (Turdus naumanni eunomus), willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), and little bunting (Emberiza pusilla) were not found breeding by Laboutin et al.
The polygynandrous mating system of the alpine accentor
, Prunella collaris, II.
The Siberian Accentor
at Easington PICTURE: ANDY HOOD FOR followers of bird migration, something extraordinary has occurred in the last week.
The mountain slopes and high woodlands also hold other species which aren't present in the UK, such as citril finch, alpine accentor
, black woodpecker and alpine chough.
Recent highlights have included a pair of Slender-billed Gulls from Spain in Norfolk, an Alpine Accentor
in Kent and an Alpine Swift in Wales.
A Siberian Accentor
on Shetland at the weekend was a first for Britain, while it and neighbouring Orkney also hosted Blackfaced Bunting, Brown Shrike, White's Thrush, Siberian Thrush and Orphean Warbler in the last week.