Kerton Stonechat 1 Terry LawsThe Kerton Stonechat © Terry Laws

In November 2016 a rather strange looking Stonechat appeared in the coastal gorse scrub along Kerton Road, Dungeness. The bird was rather pale, greyish and without any of the warm ochre or fawn tones associated with this species in most plumages. It was a puzzle, but given the time of year and the general pallor it began to be described in the birding social media as a ‘Siberian Stonechat’, even though most of the earliest observers were by no means convinced of that attribution.

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