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.