Psilos Bird Photography

Wheatear

(Oenanthe oenanthe)

A common summer visitor found on upland pastures and moorland. Also on lowland grassland. Found mostly in northern and western britian though there are small breeding populations in southern and eastern england too. Can be seen in large numbers on the coast during autumn migration. The males are more striking, in grey, with both sexes displaying a vivid white rump as they fly. It winters in central Africa. It feeds on a diet of insects and larvae. The bird in the photo below was a lone female that made a very late visit to Doffcocker in May 2010.
 
 
 
Tockholes, Lancashire October 2005
 
 
Swords, Dublin August 2006