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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:The only bird I can think of with those plumage colours/markings and black cheek is a male Northern Wheatear
That was the conclusion I was coming to as well. However, it appears to be in spring plumage. If the photo was taken recently you wouldn't expect it to look like that. At this time of year they lose the grey and black plumage and have an overall orange/brown appearance.
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In reply to TeeJay:
TeeJay said:That was the conclusion I was coming to as well. However, it appears to be in spring plumage. If the photo was taken recently you wouldn't expect it to look like that. At this time of year they lose the grey and black plumage and have an overall orange/brown appearance.
Yes, I agree Tony as doesn't say when the bird was seen on south stack so maybe it was taken a few months ago. Will see if there are any other photos or details as to when pic was taken.
TeeJay said:I think that confirms it, Patsy. In June you would expect a male Wheatear to have that plumage. I was a bit puzzled as I'd assumed it was a recent photo when it would have looked quite different.
Still puzzled by the long bill, the wrong coloured bill and the wrong coloured legs though I can see that male Wheatear plumage would be a good fit.
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