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Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona in January 2013 : 1st for Spain

Photos: Josep Tantull & Roser Solé; Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding & Ricard Gutiérrez

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Introduction

On 12-13.1 Josep Tantull and Roser Solé, regular birdwatchers at the Delta de l'Ebre (Ebro delta) area, saw a Stonechat near the Tancada lagoon, Amposta. They photographed it and videoed it knowing it was an Eastern Stonechat (Saxicola maurus), a rarity for Spain. They showed the mateiral they took to several local birdwatchers who agreed the identification. Two photos of the bird were there broadcasted and news were included in Rare Birds in Spain too.

Once published, see both photos here, Daniel López Velasco, a RC member, and others pointed out the fact that the brid recalled the taxon variegatus due to white on its tail. Josep provided stills from his recordings in which the tail was clearly seen and the subspecific identification was confirmed. Pattern of GC pointed out to a 1w.

After a couple of days without any sign, the bird was relocated on 16.1 (Carles Domingo, Jordi Martí-Aledo; Ricard Gutiérrez) when photographed again too. Also present later on the afternoon of 16.1 (Cristian Jensen/Audouin Birding Tours) and 19.1 (Juan Sagardía, Óscar Llama, José Portillo, Josep Tantull, Roser Solé, Vittorio Pedrocchi, Sergi Fernandez, Josep Bujons, Ferran López, Rafael Armada, J.L.Copete et al). But not on 20.1 perhaps due to strong (up to 120 km/h) winds.

This is the 1st record of the subspecies for Spain. Caspian Stonechat inhabits a fringe in the W Caspian sea (c.f. Hellström & Waern 2011, British Birds, 104:236-254) and it's very rare in W Europe. As noted by J.L. Copete in the Rarebirdspain yahoogroups, this taxon variegatus is due to be named hemprichii after the proposals of Svensson et al 2012 (BOC bulletin 132, 2012)

See a number of photos below .

Photos

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© Josep Tantull / Roser Solé 13.1.2013

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© Cristian Jensen/ Audouin Birding Tours 16.1.2013

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© Cristian Jensen/ Audouin Birding Tours 16.1.2013

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© Cristian Jensen/ Audouin Birding Tours 16.1.2013

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© Cristian Jensen/ Audouin Birding Tours 16.1.2013

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© Cristian Jensen/ Audouin Birding Tours 16.1.2013

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© Ricard Gutiérrez. Hand-held digiscoping Leica + Coolpix 5200 16.1.2013

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© Ricard Gutiérrez. Hand-held digiscoping Leica + Coolpix 5200 16.1.2013

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© Ricard Gutiérrez. Hand-held digiscoping Leica + Coolpix 5200 16.1.2013

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© Ricard Gutiérrez. Hand-held digiscoping Leica + Coolpix 5200 16.1.2013

 

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Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus at Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona in January 2013 : 1st for Spain

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