In Autumn 2006, the Wheatears came through as usual, looking as handsome as ever -
Photograph (right) - August 2006
Then, one day in September, I counted the largest passage of Wheatears I have ever seen here at Barton - some 40 birds in less than half an hour. By pure coincidence, I had only the previous evening been told that Wheatears from Greenland also sometimes come through here, so I wondered whether this might have contributed to the large numbers.
Apparently identification of Greenland Wheatears from plumage alone is not easy. However, some local experts have confirmed that the appearance of the birds pictured below is consistent with them being of that race.