Stejneger’s Stonechat in Denmark?

October 2008

Following the revelations of a Stejneger’s Stonechat in Dorset, UK and Texel, Netherlands  Rolf Christensen got in touch via the facebook page about a bird he found at Skagen, the northern tip of  Denmark, in October 2008.  It seemed odd at the time for a ‘maurus’. Rolf writes:

“Hi Martin,

I found the bird, seen at Grenen and Nordstrand, Skagen. It was present on 15th-19th October. It was seen alongside a European Stonechat, and was first identified as a ‘Siberian’. Later on the first day, we paged out, that it was odd and perhaps a hybrid? Finally, it was submitted as an odd Siberian, and surely the rarities committee also found it odd, and accepted it with a note, that it might be a stejnegeri!

In the field it appeared too dark for maurus to me, unlike the other three maurus, I had seen in Denmark. Several birders even thought it was just a Common Stonechat (scarce here at Skagen).”

147856260.RcOceVck.IMG_9574Bynk1610IIputative Stejneger’s Stonechat, Skagen, Denmark, 16th October 2008 by Søren Kristoffersen. Another photo of rump here.


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3 Responses to Stejneger’s Stonechat in Denmark?

  1. Diederik Kok says:

    Yes, Nils and I already noted this bird on Netfugl due to our grown interest in stejnegeri after the recent UK/NL bird. Interesting bird and, yes, it looks indeed like a stejnegeri. Also for this bird, the rather dark upperparts, barely present supercilium, orange rump, more saturated wash on underparts and overall lack of the pale sandy buff tones of typical maurus all seem to point at stejnegeri.

  2. nilsvanduivendijk says:

    Also interesting to read that this bird was thought to be a hybrid of even an European Stonechat! I think that can be just the case when such a stejengeri-type bird (‘type’ for safeness of course) turns up here. So maybe they are even overlooked.
    I think a combination of Siberian Stonechat-like features (autumn) like well-defined clean white throat and uniform coloured and unstreaked rump- and uppertail covert-area should ring alarm-bells anyway. The uppertail-coverts of stejnegeri can even have some darker shaft-streaks…
    Keen rarity committee in Danmark!

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