Identification Help on Wheatear Please

Hey there folks,

Currently touring the Suffolk coast and visiting a few good sites around the area and noticed this Wheatear on the pebbles and shingle adjacent to Minsmere reserve.

Having reviewed my photos and consulting both Collins and WildGuides books, I'm a bit uncertain as to whether this is a common Northern Wheatear or if it maybe a Greenland Wheatear.

I've counted the primary tips for example and there appears to be definitely more than 6 and I think it just 'feels' more like a first winter Greenland.

I'd be really interested to hear your views?

Thanks folks,


  • No one fancy having a bash at this? Me neither! Can't help other than say as it's East Coast, less likely but poss. This side of the country, sometimes we're lucky enough to see Greenland Northern and Northern in the same place at the same time. The former do appear more bulky/solid/bigger/brighter colour, but in Autumn, the last of those is not helpful.
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Hey Robbo,

    Cheers for the reply and pitching in on this one - I thought I'd stumped everyone :)

    It's a tricky one for sure and will mark it down for now as the Northern variety but keep my hopes alive that further research can determine for sure.

    Many thanks again