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Stonechats in Iceland
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The first Stonechat Saxicola torquata was recorded in March 1960 at Kvísker, Örćfi (SE-Iceland). Stonechats are very rare and irregular vagrants, and all but five have been found in one area (Örćfi)! They are the only vagrant in Iceland that is almost exclusively found in late winter/early spring. 20 have been recorded here up to and including 2002.

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  • Figure 1 shows the distribution of records in Iceland, the circles representing different numbers of birds and the blue triangles records at sea.
  • Figure 2 shows the weekly distribution of records. Red columns show the week of discovery and the yellow columns all observations after the first week (for birds that are seen more than one week).
    R = number of records & F = number of birds.
  • Figure 3 shows the annual distribution of new records for the period mentioned.

    © Gunnlaugur Pétursson / Yann Kolbeinsson