Thursday, 27 December 2012

STEJNEGER'S STONECHAT - first record for Britain

A STEJNEGER'S SIBERIAN STONECHAT remained on Texel (The Netherlands) from 8-23 October 2012. Remarkably, the same bird was relocated at Portland Bill (Dorset) on 24 October 2012, remaining on-site for two days. Martin Cade trapped and ringed the bird at Portland, DNA taken from a retrieved feather confirming the identification of this bird, recently found to be specifically distinct from maura Siberian Stonechat.

Very few leading listers connected with the bird, despite its appearance at the same time as an adult Daurian Shrike.

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