Adult female Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) at Rainham Marshes RSPB, London - July 2011
Whinchats are one of the least common of the chat species found in the UK, found in much lower densities than species such as wheatear or stoenchat. Like wheatears, they are a summer migrant, returning to Winter in Africa. Normally found on the north and west, this individual turned up at Rainham marshes. They are identified by the prominant white eyestripe, the rusty coloured chest and brown back.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A fairly numerous but very local breeding Summer migrant (approx. 47,000 pairs)
- A passage female seen at Rainham Marshes RSPB in July 2011.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List