Anyone know this bird seen on Anglesey, south Stack?

  • Hi Patsy, do you have any other photos you can show us as the bill doesn't look right and wonder if it is part shadow making it look longer. The only bird I can think of with those plumage colours/markings and black cheek is a male Northern Wheatear

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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.   

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Thanks, thought it might be a young seabird as it was by the coast. But that makes sense as the photo was taken in June. No other photos I'm afraid.
  • 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.

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    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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  • I agree it does look a bit weird, Bob. I think Hazel mentioned it might be some sort of shadow effect on the pipe the bird is perched on. No disrespect to Patsy but photos of birds taken on phones are not the best.

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