A Hoopoe was found in County Durham on Sunday 28th Nov, sheltering in a warehouse in County Hall on the outskirts of Durham City. On Monday, the bird was still present, though very weak, and was caught in the afternoon by the countryside rangers, with the intention of feeding it up etc. Unfortunately the bird died later that day.
Late November coupled with a strong easterly airflow means the likely origin is Asia. As I should be able to get access to view the specimen, is there anything that can be done as regards subspecies? Saturata has been mooted in the past with late autumn birds, but apart from a greyer mantle and paler underparts (which are possibly clinal features), is there anything that can be gained from measurements? Are there any other features to look for?