Last winter´s presumed Thayer´s reappeared yesterday on the same area, at San Ciprian. Galicia, NW Spain. We´ve spent many days looking unsuccesfully for it this winter, so it arrived most likely yesterday, together with good numbers of LBBGs heading North.
Now being a 4º cycle, primary pattern looks perfect, as you can see on the many pictures we took yesterday, posted both at www.reservoirbirds.com
and also on Europe Stop Press gallery. We will upload more shots and videos later.
My main concern now is whether a pale eyed bird like this can be Accepted as a national first or not... I mean, we all know a small percentage of pure Thayer´s can show such pale eyes, and that if this bird turned up in the USA, even on the East Coast, it would definitely be identified as thayeri, but I´m still not sure if it should get accepted on this side of the Atlantic or not (a similar debate to that of the UK´s pale winged Slaty backed)... And can a hybrid Kumlien´s x Thayer´s be ruled out with 100 per 100 confidence?