Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Rare Birds in Denmark in June 2010

Hereby June 2010 Danish Bird News,

Firstly, breaking news is that of an apparently adult male (3cy+)White-crowned Black Wheatear seen and photographed by three birders on30th at Saltbæk Vig, Vestsjælland - a new species to Denmark andScandinavia following the last north European records in 1982 in England and 1986 in Germany.

Another highlight was Denmark's first ever Pacific Swift semi twitchable on 15th during 11:05-14:32 hours at Vestamger just outside Copenhagen - seen by some 200 birders before bad weather set in and the bird flew off south.

A singing male Melodious Warbler was ringed at Blåvands Huk,Vestjylland on 6th and 8th (5th record). The regular 1st summer Gyr Falcon was still at Bygholm Vejle, Nordjylland during 1st-27th - the first ever summering in Denmark, and an escaped juvenile white morph was seen on 29th at Hirtshals, Nordjylland. Two Blyth's Reed Warblers were in the far southeast: one ringed at Gedser, Falster on 2nd, and one in song near Haslev, Sydsjælland on 10th-19th.

The summering light morph Short-toed Snake Eagle remained at Harrild Hede, Vestjyllandduring 1st-26th. A probably category D drake Bufflehead was at GurreSø, Nordsjælland on 28th-30th (4th record, all past records 1995-2008 are placed in categori D). A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Saltvandssøen, Sønderjylland on 23rd and 30th, the last day alongside an adult Pacific Golden Plover.

Other June records include four Great Northern Divers, eight Black Storks, one Little Egret, six Great White Egrets, three Ruddy Shelducks of unknown origin, three Red-crested Pochards, one Lesser Spotted Eagle, two Pectoral Sandpipers, one 2nd calendar Pallid Harrier, an unseasonal Grey Phalarope at Slivsø, Sønderjylland on 17th, 18 Baltic Gulls at Bornholm, four Gull-billed Terns, a pair of Caspian Terns breeding at Roskilde Fjord, Nordsjælland from 5th onwards, and there were several records in and near Copenhagen indicating nearby breeeding there, one Hoopoe, 15 European Bee-eaters, the regular single Crested Lark at Hirtshals,Nordjylland but an influx of four (continental) birds in northern Jylland during 6th-21st was unprecedented, three Tawny Pipits including just one male at the sole breeding site at Anholt, Østjylland, one Red-rumped Swallow, two Common Nightingales.

Also news is that White-spotted Bluethroat now has spread far north to entire Jylland, but still there a few outside the Waddense area. A summering Red-spotted Bluethroat was ringed at Skagen, Nordjylland on 27th-28th. Further June records were six River Warblers, eight Savi's Warblers, four Great Reed Warblers, just one Barred Warbler, one Greenish Warbler, eight Red-breasted Flycatchers and a very late Ortolan Bunting on 16th.


DK500Club, ornitolog, Rolf Christensen Hvidefyrvej 4DK-9990 Skagen, Danmarke-post:

tlf. (+45) 40 41 66 08,


Today a male White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) wasdiscovered and photographed near the coast at Saltbæk Vig, Kalundborg,Vestsjælland, Denmark.

Friday, 18 June 2010