Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) can be seen around Geneva during migration only as it is not a resident in our area. It is a small robin-like passerine known for the outstanding plumage of the male which includes a bright blue throat.
In March 2015, I heard about his presence in the countryside by Meinier so I decided to go and try to spot it. It is only after having spoken to another birder that day that I knew exactly where to look for. I was so pleased to see this stunning male. Because of his white spot in the centre of the blue bib, I can confirm it is the subspecies L. svecica cyanecula living in southern and central Europe. I stayed pretty far making sure I was not bothering and left after 10 minutes. My only sighting to date.