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Whinchat male

A similar little upland bird to the Stonechat this is distinguished by the pale eyestripe. Unlike the Stonechat which is resident in Britain albeit with quite extensive local movements in winter, the Whinchat is a long-distance migrant to the savannas of Africa and like many of our trans-Saharan migrants (Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher) has undergone serious declines in the last 40 years or so. The relative abundance map created from BTO Atlas data shows depressing declines throughout the UK

However, this year there seems to be good numbers on the Ochil Hills and the last two weeks have seen these charming little birds return.

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Taken on May 7, 2014