Now I have looked them up, I am kicking myself. I had discounted them as they are described as summer visitors!
yes, nice wheatear, one of the first summer visitors to come back and gorgeous birds too!
Nice one Peter. I am assuming that this is a 1st winter (2nd year) female. Keep your eyes open for and adult male - one of the most stunning birds.
Since you have had a look at your newly-acquired field guide you will realise that "wheatears" are not an easy group!!
Your recomendation as far as the book was a very good one. Thank you. Its teaching me a lot about what I see. Its funny isn't it? We ignore so much beauty about us and only see it when we go out to look for it.
I might argue it is a first-summer (2cy) male.
Probably correct Brian; I have just looked at this again on another monitor and shows more grey than I first thought.