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Blue Rock Thrush 2022: the breeding pair

And nothing, I can't think about it without a little emotion. Also this year, the adult male of Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) that I have been following for years (along with other winter visitors who have joined and overlapped it) has reunited with a female (or?). She first appeared on March 16 . I was in the shed with my son, who actually has been following me much less lately ... For a few days I have been hearing the male singing. As soon as he got to his favorite rock, he let out his call-out vocalization: time to tell my son that I was sure he was calling his partner and she appeared. The vocalization is the one posted below.

The calling vocalization of the partner of the Blue Rock Thrush

On March 16 I was unable to photograph her ... in truth the exultation at seeing her scared her - in essence I moved a little too much behind the cloth ... I managed to photograph her in the following days. On 20 March the recall was repeated. But in a different way, the male was hiding somewhere and I heard that usual chatter, so she appeared and soon after too. For now I have not been able to photograph them together, they hardly share the same roost. Even when they are on the roofs I always see them on two different lookout points. I also saw some parade of the male these days. I could not follow them 24 hours a day, of course, but what little I saw was enough for me to understand. She still looks 70% the same female as last year, but I expect to have a few more shots to be sure.

Photos of Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
The female Blue Rock Thrush (photo of March 16)

The nesting was not successful last year. I followed the adults carrying feeds to the nest until May, but then suddenly they stopped. Unfortunately I was unable to identify the nest site in order to verify, with the appropriate precautions, what was happening. I only saw the parents carrying the cues. Then everything stopped. I don't know if there has been a predation or the site they have chosen has unfortunately been modified by some sapiens sapiens. Certainly in the days preceding the interruption of the feeding I saw a group of herring gulls unusually present in the area ... but I don't know if they could have found the nest. A few days later I even heard the male sing again and then I saw him give himself in new parades, but by now it was too late ... these splendid passerines reproduce only once a year. Also for this reason, since December 2021, when the male reappeared, I have hoped that the couple will reform again this year.

I don't get tired of repeating it, even to myself. It is not just photography, it is first of all nature. And the emotion is all there, in feeling part of a whole - despite the sapiens-destroyers, despite the wars, despite everything ... Also for this reason I worked again on the photo shoot - puddle and perches, to welcome this new couple with all the possible attention, crossing the fingers and hoping that there can be a new nesting this spring.

Foto di Passero solitario (Monticola solitarius) maschio adulto
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) - the male in the new set - March 2022
Photos of Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) - the female in the new set - March 2022

All the Blue Rock Thrush photos are in the dedicated gallery, reachable here . For questions, requests, information, comments, do not hesitate to contact me.


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Photos of Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)