March 31, 2010, an apparent male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) was photographed on the island of Romo, in the extreme south western part of Denmark.
This would be the earliest ever record of Common Redstart in Denmark; normal arrival date is mid April.
Photos of the bird can be seen here:
The white wingpatch might suggest an Ehrenberg's Redstart (P.p. samamisicus); however a more likely possibility is a hybrid Black Redstart (P. ochruros) x Commen Redstart.
The bird behaved like a Common Redstart, feeding from branches 1-2 m above the ground, catching food items on the ground.
I haven't been able to track down photos of hybrids which look like the Romo bird. The bird was very like a Common Redstart, but the black throat patch seems to extend further down the underside compared to Common Redstart, the back also seems a shade darker, and the white forehead is not as prominent as normally seen in Common Redstart.
Therefore, I was wondering if anyone could share their view on this bird.
Andreas Bruun Kristensen