A Siberian visitor

Wednesday afternoon, I’m home after a day at the university. I turn on the computer, sat comfortably and open Facebook. First post: Black-throated thrush, 13th record in Denmark. Wait, what? Where???

After this moment of panick, I went to DOFbasen, the Danish bird sighting database, to see whether the bird had already been reported. It had, and it was near my place, some 15 minutes by bike! Alas, it was already dark, and I was forced to go to the university the day after, as we needed to finish a report.
This Thursday was a beautiful day, sunny and crisp. All day long, while working on the report, I saw the number of observations on DOFbasen grow: the bird was still there, and very easy to see. Imagine the frustration. I would have time to get there on Friday morning, but I was convinced it would be cloudy and depressing, and I was worried to see the thrush leave.

Friday morning. Sun! The report was finished, so I was supposed to sleep this morning. Meh, we’ll sleep when we are dead.
So I took my bike and rode. The sunrise over Utterslev Mose was delightful, the trees covered in frost. I got lost on the way, but managed to reach Tingskrivervej at 9.30. The first birder I met told me that the thrush had been seen 2 minutes ago, but had since then dropped to the ground, behind a wall. We waited.

Distribution of the Dark-throated thrush

Distribution of the Dark-throated thrush (source: xeno-canto)

The Dark-throated thrush (Turdus atrogularis) is a Siberian species: it nests behind the Ural mountains, and winters in the south of Asia, from Iran to Burma. It’s seen regularly in Western Europe, and the last Danish mention occurred one year ago. I missed the Hume’s leaf warbler and the Dusky warbler in the autumn, I didn’t want to miss this one.

I noticed a thrush drinking from the raingutter, high up. I saw it from behind, so I wasn’t sure it was the one we were looking for, but when it turned, no doubt was possible: a dark throat and a white belly, that was our visitor! As I tried to show it to the others, it flew down and landed in a tree nearby, where it started to clean its plumage for a few minutes.

Dark-throated thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

Dark-throated thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

It then decided to fly away and roam around the snow-covered football field, eating berries and messing with the few Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) and Blackbirds (Turdus merula) of the area. More birders arrived, and we followed the thrush from a distance. Two Blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) were taking possession of a red nesting box nearby.

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

We lost sight of the thrush, but minutes later it miraculously reappeared in the same first tree and struck the pose there.

Dark-throated thrush

Dark-throated thrush

It was hard to have a clear sight, but I somehow managed to avoid the branches.

Dark-throated thrush

Dark-throated thrush

It went down to the berry tree for a few minutes, and then up again it lifted. It was time for me to go to the university, but I knew that, whatever happened, it would still be a good day.

Dark-throated thrush

Dark-throated thrush

Dark-throated thrush

Dark-throated thrush

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13 thoughts on “A Siberian visitor

    • Qui sommeillait, qui sommeillait… j’en suis quand même à 10 coches, depuis septembre ! Bon ok, j’ai des lacunes, mais quand même…
      Mais ouai, c’est sûr qu’en allant en Islande, tu vas pas dans la bonne direction 😀 😀 😀
      Par contre elle est encore là, donc si tu sautes dans un avion… :p

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    • Oui, mais c’est le genre d’oiseau, de part sa rareté dans la région, qui fait bouger des foules de cocheurs… et c’est dans ce sens que je le disais. Tes autres coches sont des oiseaux habituels au Danemark, tu les aurais forcément eu à un moment donné, non?

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    • Oui je vois bien c’que tu veux dire, j’ai “twitché”, comme disent les anglophones 😉
      Après bon, non j’aurais pas forcément tout eu (genre le moyen-duc, le pouillot siffleur, faut de la chance ou les bonnes infos), mais effectivement ça c’est le genre d’oiseau à ameuter la foule… quand j’ai dit que j’étais pas danois, un gars m’a même demandé si je venais au Danemark juste pour ça ahah 😀

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    • Il y avait du monde?

      Il y avait une Calliope de Sibérie récemment aux Pays-Bas. Je ne suis pas du genre à faire des km pour un oiseau, mais j’avoue que pour celui-là, si je n’avais pas été aussi loin ,j’y serai bien allé… plus que pour ta grive en tout cas 🙂

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    • J’y suis resté une heure, j’ai dû voir 10-15 personnes. Sur la base de donnée y’a un bon paquet d’obs aussi. Je pense que beaucoup de gens du coin sont passés, après ça va peut-être pas venir de toute l’Europe non plus.

      J’ai vu, pour la calliope ! Mais c’est dingue, c’était dans le jardin d’un particulier, et il faisait payer 😮 (en tout cas au début).
      De toute façon, quand je serai grand je ferai un road-trip Helsinki-Vladivostok, j’en verrai des calliopes et des grives :p

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  1. Super coche Samuel ! Je n’ose même pas imaginer ta déception si tu l’avais raté, à 15 min seulement 😦 Heureusement, l’histoire se termine bien 🙂 Merci pour le partage en tout cas, comme Jérôme, celle-là, y a peu de chances que je l’attrape de sitôt !
    Amitiés
    Seb

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