As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Desert wheatear also in North Wales

A desert wheatear was spotted in North Wales in October- Photo courtesy of Dennis Bannister.

A rare avian species to the UK is spotted beside RSPB nature reserve

December 2012. After last weeks sighting of a Desert wheatear in Scotland by staff at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, another (or possibly the same one?) has been reported in Rhyll in North Wales (in Ocober). The desert wheatear, an old world flycatcher, is believed to have become lost travelling to the Sahara desert.

This image was sent to us by Dennis Bannister and we believe it was taken at the end of October. 

The desert wheatear
The desert wheatear (Oenanthe deserti), thought to be a female, or less likely a juvenile, is the same size as a robin with distinctive all black upper tail feathers. Males are buff in colour with white underparts and females have a greyer colour with buffer appearance below.

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