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Wheatear Hovering

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Wheatear Hovering

Post by Crex Crex » 03 May 2012, 14:55

I saw a wheatear hovering, about 6ft of the ground, over a field. Is this unusual behaviour. Don't recall seeing this before.

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Re: Wheatear Hovering

Post by BrianR » 25 May 2012, 20:10

I have seen Wheatears briefly hovering and there is the following entry in Birds of the Western Palearctic under Food. 'Occasionally hovers like Kestrel at height of up to c. 10 m where grass too long for usual techniques, diving or gliding down for food sighted on ground, then returning to hovering position, often at different height'.

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Re: Wheatear Hovering

Post by Ashley_Jackson » 26 May 2012, 20:25

I witnessed the same behaviour earlier today from one of a pair of Yellow Wagtails whilst feeding / collecting nest material in Nottinghamshire, Nightjar often do the same too - not seen it before with Wheatear, but we don't get that many of them down here!

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Re: Wheatear Hovering

Post by Crex Crex » 27 May 2012, 10:02

Good to see that people are observant.'Birds of the Palearctic' sounds like a good reference book.

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