Greenland Wheatear?

as this is a nice friendly forum I'm going to have a stab at identifying the latest bird from this morning's walk. Snapped him on the moorland, heathery slopes of Benaquhallie. It reminded me of a wheatear i took last year but has a less distinctive banding around the eyes and more peach coloured than grey...could it be a female Wheatear or a Greenland Wheatear ?? I did notice the tail flicking down a fair bit as it posed for the photo.. 

appreciate any thoughts on this.

  • There's no such bird in my books! 

    That's because there are so many species, it would be impossible for a publisher to show every species on the planet, but a quick web search suggests it could be, and my cheeky reply is because I want to monitor the replies for my own interest.

    Hopefully you'll get an answer and I'm hooked... 

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • There certainly is such a bird as a Greenland Wheatear and they are on the move South in small numbers about now. They generally seem slightly larger than the Northern Wheatear that we are used to and a bit stronger coloured. Looking on my small screen your bird might qualify but I'm not 100% sure others might have more experience as it is about 5 years since I saw a Greenland bird in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Wendy S said:
    it is about 5 years since I saw a Greenland bird in Dumfries and Galloway

    Blimey, Pete, your eyes were good back then!! 

  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    Yeh PB big scope to reach all that way had to be line of sight though !!!

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • I remember another recent post asking about Greenland Northern wheatear. I think the best way to sum up identifying from a photo a line from, 'Advance Bird ID Handbook' by Nils Van Duivendijk........"Identification on plumage only not conclusive".
    The best way to separate Greenland race is proportions. Wing length, legs, overall bulkiness.
    Northern wheatear of one race or another.