A Northern Wheatear on Flash Lane allowed a very close approach but in heavily overcast conditions. I think this bird is an adult male, with lots of grey showing through on the crown and mantle and uniformly fresh plumage. It could be a 'Greenland' Wheatear, race leucorhoa, looking at the length of the primaries. These birds migrate from Greenland and Iceland through the UK and western Europe to Africa and, as is generally the case, longer distance migrants have longer wings.
|Northern Wheatear - adult male|
At least 6 Stonechat and 6 Red Grouse, which is my largest group of the autumn, rounded of the morning.
I then headed over to Carsington where a second Grey Phalarope had turned up but I failed to find it.