Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Species
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Male. Taken at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, on May 8th 2014.
Male. Taken at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, on May 8th 2014.
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Female. Taken at Cardigan, Ceredigion, on May 4th 2014.
Female. Taken at Cardigan, Ceredigion, on May 4th 2014.
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Juvenile. Taken at Portland, Dorset, on September 19th 2017.
Juvenile. Taken at Portland, Dorset, on September 19th 2017.
(1/800th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 12 - 14cm

The Wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It is blue-grey above with black wings and white below with an orange flush to the breast. It has a black cheek. In flight it shows a white rump and a black T shape on its tail.

It is a summer visitor to Britain and Ireland. Birds spend the winter in central Africa.

Wheatears breed in open, stony country with meadowland, often on moorland, coastal grassland and farmland with stone walls.

It has amber status on the British list. There are about 56000 breeding pairs in Britain.

Sightings

07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)

20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2juv)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2juv)
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1juv)
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (5)

02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)

04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (9)

31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
08-May-2014 : Fishguard, Pembrokeshire (4)
07-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion (2)
06-May-2014 : Skomer, Pembrokeshire (2)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron, Ceredigion (1)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (6+)
04-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion (6+)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (1f)
13-Apr-2014 : Churn, Oxon (1)