What is this little bird I saw in Norfolk?
Could you please identify this bird I saw at Hickling Marshes in Norfolk this October? Heather Bint
QThis pretty little bird is a Stonechat. Occasionally misidentified by beginners as a Robin due to that orange-red breast, the Stonechat is a fairly widespread resident in the UK. Stonechats can also be confused with the similar but migratory Whinchat, which
Acan look very like a female Stonechat or a male in winter plumage. One big clue in this case is to look at the supercilium or ‘eyebrow’; in Whinchats this will always be very prominent, whatever time of year you see the bird, whereas in the Stonechat it will be indistinct at best, and more usually absent. The Stonechat will also have an orange-red breast in contrast to the more buff breast of the Whinchat. Look for another as part of #My200birdyear