Stonechat

Saxicola torquata – CLOCHDAR Y CERRIG – Breeding resident

Siberian/Steynegeri Stonechat – records

Saxicola maurus/stejnegeri – Clochdar y Cerrig Siberia – Very rare vagrant Stejneger’s stonechat was generally considered a subspecies of either common stonechat (as Saxicola torquatus stejnegeri) or Siberian stonechat (as Saxicola maurus stejnegeri), but recent genetic evidence has shown that it is distinct, and so it is now accepted as a distinct species. 1986 – […]

Stonechat – 2003-07 breeding

Saxicola torquata – CLOCHDAR Y CERRIG – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 71 96 Breeding probable 24 58 Breeding possible 31 13 No of tetrads occupied 126 (of 478) 167 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 26.4% 34.1% The perky male Stonechat with its black head, ruddy breast and “tack–tack” call, […]

Stonechat – 1994

Saxicola torquata – CLOCHDAR Y CERRIG – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 71 Breeding probable 24 Breeding possible 31 No of tetrads occupied 126 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 26.4% Mathew (1894) said “this little species is so numerous, to be seen everywhere by the roadside, perched on the furze on every common, on the […]

Stonechat – 1980s winter

Saxicola torquata – CLOCHDAR Y CERRIG – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Stonechats were present in all coastal 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents over 5 birds seen in a day. Winter […]

British Stonechat – 1949

Saxicola torqata hibernans Common resident on all rough furze commons and escarpments, moving towards coast in cold weather.  Sometimes breeds on the islands, to which it is a regular winter visitor.  Numbers much reduced in hard weather and almost wiped out by snow and frost early in 1947. R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The […]

Stonechat – 1894

Saxicola rubicola – A common resident. This pretty little species is so numerous, to be seen everywhere, by the roadside, perched on the furze on every common, on the coast as well as far inland, that it is well entitled to be considered one of our characteristic county birds. Mr. Dix states that it is to be found ” particularly […]

Stonechat

Saxicola torquata – CLOCHDAR Y CERRIG – Breeding resident