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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shelf Moor trailer park field


  Hows this for a blue flanked Wheatear ?





A quick evening check on the trailer park in a howling WSW>5 and heavy rain to see if ACs 2 Greenland Wheatears from earlier in the day were still around..
After a bit of scanning in the now longer grass field I came across 2 female Wheatears that I first thought to be Greenlands with their bright bulging chests and butch look but after a few snaps and a clearer view I believe them to be Northerns.
The bulging chest is due to the feathers puffed up in the conditions and the orange chest stops before the belly whereas the Fly Flatts birds from the weekend were orange well down the belly and darker rufous below.
Of course ,without going into primary projections and so on its a grey area.
Strange thing on one of these birds was a blue flank marking, possibly something it had picked up.
No signs of any other Wheatear in the surrounding fields so Andys Greenlands must have move on to a more decent climate.
BS

1 comment:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Have just sent you an email Bri on Greenlands/ Northerns which might interest yoiu!