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On behalf of Jo who sent in an email :-

Every year around this time I have a passing visitor I cannot identify.

The bird is medium sized, with a bright red-orange head and a grey band around its throat. It is solitary, perches high on a tree branchand has a lovely sweet varied song, rising and falling, which carries on for a long time.

Various friends have suggested linnet or redstart, but photos don't match. I can't find it in my UK bird book or the RSPB website. 

Please can you help?! 

Many thanks Jo, West Cornwall

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