Wel­come sight­ing of young wheatear

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Across Dun­geness and other coastal ar­eas in Kent at this time of the year you might come across young wheatears which are like ‘scaly’ ver­sions of their par­ents.

They are in the chat fam­ily along with fa­mil­iar species like the robin and are roughly the same size as a robin with their dag­ger-like dark bill and long black legs.

Wheatears are summer mi­grants to the UK and breed pre­dom­i­nantly up in the hills in the north and west of Bri­tain. They also can be found breed­ing in coastal ar­eas in North Kent and on the shin­gle land­scape of Dun­geness as well. In re­cent years, it ap­pears the breed­ing num­bers are in de­cline in the south of Eng­land.

Wheatears nest in rock crevices and down dis­used rab­bit burrows and if the weather is suit­able, they ar­rive on our shores in March and April and so can get two to

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