Bird Sightings : : Hebrides : Wheatear
Photography © Carolynn Palasiuk
North-west coast of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
7th June, 2007
"The bird was in a grassy machir / arable section not that far from the beach."
Our Wheatear photographs
- Oenanthe oenanthe
- Gaelic: Brù-gheal
- WI: Common migrant breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
A fledgling is a young bird from the time it first leaves the nest until it is independent of the care of it's parents.
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