Black-throated Thrush - Turdus atrogularis

On Friday afternoon January 5th 1996 Nico Harder looked in his front-yard at the Prins Willem Alexandersingel in Den Helder (Noord-Holland) and saw a female Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis. The next day, Nico Harder and Ruud Brouwer found it at 10:05 AM and spread the news, but meanwhile the bird had disappeared. That same day a crowd of 100-150 birders gathered to find the bird. It was freezing cold and at 5:00 PM several birders went home (including me!). But at 5:15 PM it was found, so next day we tried it again. In the meantime it had started to rain and everything was covered with ice, so everybody felt at least twice! This first-winter female showed itself very well till March 20th (cf Dutch Birding 18: 51, 100 and 103, 1996).
12 January 1996, Den Helder NH; © René Pop.
7 February 1996, Den Helder NH; © Arnoud van de Berg.

This was the third record for the Netherlands. The first was a first-year female in Groningen (Groningen) from March 31st till April 3rd 1981, the second a male on Schiermonnikoog (Friesland) on October 9th 1982 (cf Dutch Birding 3: plate 35-36, 1981 and Limosa 56: 260-261, 1983).

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