Migrant birds: Whinchat at Windmill Farm

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This Whinchat stopped off at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard in Cornwall yesterday on its way to its wintering quarters in Africa.

As always with this species the distinctive white eye stripe helped identify it even at distance from the similarly sized and more common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata).

Insight into Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra): a summer migrant from Africa whose numbers in recent years have been in decline. It breeds in upland areas of western and southern UK and may often be seen on passage in the spring and autumn on the coast and inland moorland.

Reference: RSPB and Collins Bird Guide

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