Mystery Bird – Wheatear
Early evening on Saturday 20 September this bird settled on a headstone in Ryde Cemetery and let me take its photograph.
Unsure what breed of bird it was I consulted my books and I thought it might be a Garden Warbler, but I’m no expert so I asked several members of the group of they could identify it. The group members came up with a number of ideas as to what it could be including, Chiffchaff, Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, White Robin, Garden Warbler and Icterine Warbler.
Obviously we were all very confused so I decided to consult the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to see if they could help. Jane Somerville, WildLine Assistant, replied and has informed me “The bird is a Wheatear – a migrant on its way back to Africa after nesting in the uplands
of Britain. It shows a bright white rump in flight.
Lots will be seen at this time of year and again in the spring”.
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Chairman Ryde Social Heritage Group
Related Website: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Website URL: http://www.hwt.org.uk/