Please ID this gar­den bird

Bird Watching (UK) - - Q & A -

QPlease can you help ID this bird that sat on our fence for a cou­ple of hours? The gar­den backs onto a grass pas­ture used by sheep. We thought it may be a ju­ve­nile Stonechat or ju­ve­nile Whin­chat, but the bill looks very war­bler like? Could it be rest­ing dur­ing its mi­gra­tion? Jim Far­row

AIt’s a Wheatear – you can just make out the dis­tinc­tive white rump, from which the bird de­rives its name (it’s a cor­rup­tion of ‘white arse’!). The fact that this is next to sheep pas­tures is sig­nif­i­cant – Wheatears love such habi­tat, be­cause of the in­sects at­tracted by the sheep, and they usu­ally look for them from el­e­vated perches. It could be stop­ping off on its long jour­ney south to Africa.

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