Bird Sightings : : Hebrides : Wheatear
Photograph © Grahame Thompson
Upper Aird - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
Grahame is one of two British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) ringers on the Isle of Lewis, he does the East side. His usual areas are the Castle Grounds and Aiginish, plus a whole heap of other sites depending on time of year and species!
Our Wheatear photographs
- Oenanthe oenanthe
- Gaelic: Brù-gheal
- WI: Common migrant breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
Wheatears spend winter south of the Sahara (West Africa). The first migrants will probably leave Africa in January, males setting off a week or two before the females.
Wheatear records in the Western Isles
Common migrant breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
Oenanthe oenanthe leucorrhoa the Greenland Wheatear, is probably a fairly common passage visitor (occurs in small numbers)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Wheatear is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
Sources of information for the bird sightings section