This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Caspian Stonechat In Hampshire

My first new bird, well, taxa of the year. A stunning male Caspian Stonechat at Titchfield Haven. I wrongly aged it as a 1st-summer on the basis of the worn primaries. It is in fact a 3rd-cal year/adult on the basis of the uniformly black wing coverts. Adults commonly show a brownish hue to the primaries. Thanks to Grahame Walbridge for clarification on this.

Only the sixth record for Britain and so, an excellent find by Amy Robjohns.

I think the amount of white in the tail favours the Northern form S.m.hemprichii being about 50% of tail base being white. There is obviously some overlap though between the Northern form and the Southern form S.m.variegatus, but there would have to be less white in the tail for this bird to be considered of the latter form.

Some more pics of this beauty.

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