July 31st, 2011, 04:32 PM
Is this a wheat ear please,,if so which one?
July 31st, 2011, 04:38 PM
July 31st, 2011, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the quick response,,much appreciated
July 31st, 2011, 05:22 PM
Shearwater 2002,,I've looked in all of my books and cannot find a "Northern" wheatear.
Wheatears from allsorts of places,,but not Northern?
Can you expand a little..thanks
July 31st, 2011, 05:51 PM
Rod; It's 'A Wheatear', as you or I would know it. Oenanthe oenanthe. Just as we'd call a Swallow "A Swallow ". But, now we're supposed to say " Barn Swallow ". OK?
It's sort of like 'Political Correctness for Birders'. Came out several years ago. My Collins says, (page 264) (Northern) Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe.
So, " Wheatear " is still fine
July 31st, 2011, 05:57 PM
Thanks Ditch for the update,,I have got pictures of wheatears,,it seems that all them were little geezers,,,lol,,it why I posted the bird it just was'nt the same as the ones I have.
July 31st, 2011, 09:33 PM
Rod..Northern Wheatear is the most common in the UK...and the only one to breed (unless someone knows different?).
Do you mean you have photos of Wheatears , other than Northern, taken in he UK? I think we would all be interested in seeing them!
July 31st, 2011, 10:44 PM
My last post stated that MAYBE I taken just male wheatears,,,(little geezers,,a joke.)
I have been told this is a female,,and it's why I could'nt quite see what it is.
The pictures I have ,,the bird has some definite makings on the top of the wing ,,(4 or 5 little black dots) that I could not see in the picture I posted above,,,so as usual when I have doubts,,I ask surfbirds.
This bird also looks more slender than the wheatears I've taken.
So here is what I've taken so far in wheatears.
The first bird is NOT a wheatear,,its a thrush,,redwing,,but my site is growing weekly and its hard keeping on top of it as new and better photo's get collected,,plus new birds and I'm learning as fast as I can.
July 31st, 2011, 11:32 PM
August 1st, 2011, 05:57 PM
Hi Rod ...
... cracking little birds they are too! The 'little black dots' that you noted are actually the dark centres of a row of feathers known as the median coverts. On your bird(s), these have broad pale fringes framing the dark centres which makes them stand out against the wing. The freshness (ie unworn condition) of the plumage and its strong ochre tones suggests that this/these is/are young birds - when were they taken?