Friday, 8 March 2013

STEJNEGER'S STONECHAT added to UK400 Club List and Western Palearctic List

This first-winter STEJNEGER'S STONECHAT was trapped and ringed at Portland Bird Observatory (Dorset) in late October of last year (2012) and found to be the same individual that had spent nearly three weeks on Texel (The Netherlands) only the day before its overnight arrival. Martin Cade took feather samples in the hand and DNA analysis confirmed it as belonging to the form stejnegeri, now considered independent of maura in a taxonomic review of the Stonechat complex. Further details of the trapping and inhand measurements can be found on the invaluable and superb Portland website at

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