Monday 7 November 2011

Desert Wheatear at Nanjizal

Jean Lawman found this adult male Desert Wheatear near the National Coastwatch station at Porthgwarra on Sunday afternoon, 6th November.  It was seen briefly the following morning at the same location.  Thankfully, it was relocated by Mark Wallis a mile further west at Nanjizal (100 yards from the Alder Flycatcher site).

This is the seventh record for mainland Cornwall, all of which have typically occurred late in the Autumn. 

1984. Male. Porthgwarra. 17th-24th Nov.
1988. Female. Sennen Cove. 5th Nov.
1994. First winter female. Torpoint.  28th Nov - 16th Dec. This bird was then relocated at Gwithian from 21st Dec to 20th Mar 1995.
1997. Female.  Loe Bar.  28th Nov - 3rd Dec.
1997. One at Hannafore, Looe 3rd-12th Dec.
2007. Female.  Land's End. 17th Oct.
2011. Male. Porthgwarra. 6th Nov.  Relocated during the next morning (7th) to Nanjizal.


  1. Brilliant Steve, you managed to connect with the DW. Your rare bird photography is top notch.

  2. Great pics Steve. Thanks for letting me use your kit today, definately made a difference.


  3. Beautiful images, great job.

  4. Such a beautiful bird -- great shots of it too!