The whitethroat is a medium-sized warbler, about the size of a great tit. It has quite a long tail which it flicks and cocks as it darts rapidly in and out of cover. The male has a grey head, a white throat and a brown back, and is buff underneath. It is a summer visitor and passage migrant, with birds breeding widely. It winters in Africa, south of the Sahara. This one was in full song when I took the image.
Location: Layer Breton causeway, Essex
Photographer: Dave Saunders