Snowy Wheatears

Scotland had a heat wave earlier in April prompting migrants to move back to their breeding grounds. Last week northerlies rekindled the Caledonian winter and snowy skies once again moved over the Cairngorms.

The Wheatears had beaten us back to Scotland. They had left their North African wintering grounds and arrived back in the Scottish Glens and valleys a week before we got there. I wonder if the snow made them wish they had stayed in the warm sunshine. One little chap was even keen to share our picnic lunch … who were we to deny him?

4 Responses to “Snowy Wheatears”

  1. 1 John
    Apr 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Fantastic wheatears are a lovely bird I have kept them but I never get fed up of seeing them feed their young in their Pennines nesting grounds. I admire birds so much when most humans dont like turning their tv over without a remote birds travel thousands of miles to raise young. I love birds so much

    • Apr 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      I know you do John and that comes across when I talk to you.
      We’ve been watching Wheatears again today in a Scottish valley with a backdrop of Red Deer and singing Ring Ouzels. Fantastic.

  2. Apr 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Another nice capture–looks like it has one leg. I’m sure that it’s just the angle, Sally

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