This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Black-eared Wheatear, The 2002 Nanquidno Bird

Accepted by BBRC as Western O.h.hispanica. (

Here are some images of the bird on surfbirds.

Note the the black of the bib reaches the upper breast. Also, note the extent of black above the eye and behind the ear coverts. Also, the scapulars are all black. The black of the lores is extensive and maybe the black just reaches over the bill base, but it is poorly marked on this bird. The above along with the long primary projection, equal in length to the total length of the tertials, for me, identifies this bird as an Eastern O.h.melanoleuca.

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