Saturday, December 14, 2013

Desert Wheatear

A Desert Wheatear was reported a couple of days ago, around the Severn Beach area of South Gloucestershire. It's such a rare visitor that there had only ever been one previous record in the county, so I paid a visit to try to see it for myself. It was a cold and drizzly day, and this little bird was well outside of it's range and no doubt feeling the effects. It was
seen by others to be feeding, and I saw it having a drink, and by all accounts it's doing ok this morning. I'm sure it will attract a lot of attention for the rest of its stay here, but hopefully it will find its way soon. Both western and eastern forms of the Desert Wheatear are rare vagrants to western Europe. The western Desert Wheatear breeds in the Sahara and the northern Arabian peninsula. The eastern race is found in the semi-deserts of central Asia and in winter in Pakistan and northeast Africa.

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