'Stejneger's Stonechat' in Dorset: New to Britain

Martin Cade, J. Martin Collinson

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A Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus was discovered at Portland, Dorset, at dusk on 24th October 2012. In better conditions the following day it was suspected to be of the eastern form S. m. stejnegeri and this was later confirmed by DNA analysis, after the bird had been trapped and ringed. Photographs confirmed that this same individual had been present on Texel, the Netherlands, on 8th-23rd October 2012. At the time this was the first acceptable record of stejnegeri for western Europe. Since then, a bird found dead at Landsort, Sweden, in October 2008 has been identified as stejnegeri after DNA analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-427
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Birds
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


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