Spring migrants – the northern wheatear

We are past the 21st March so we are now officially in psring and at the moment, a current band of high pressure is giving us clear skies and sunny conditions so the spring migrants will be well on their way. I’ve already heard increasing numbers of chiffchaff in the local countryside, but one of the more colourful ealry migrants, the northern wheatear, will soon be heading our way too. Wheatears do not breed locally to me but are regulalry seen on passage as they head north up into the dales and moors of Yorkshire where they breed under rocks and in holes in the ground. Here’s one I photographed last year on passage on the NE coast around South Gare.

northern wheatear by Yorkshire wildlife photographer John Gardner
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