Welcome sighting of young wheatear
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