9th February 2016

Male Stonechat

Male Stonechat

Male Stonechat

Male Stonechat

Stonechat- female

Stonechat- female

Stonechat- female

Stonechat- female

Stonechats- in the North-East today I was lucky to be watching Rooks, feeding on cow-pats (!) when a pair of Stonechats turned up to enjoy the insects feeding on the ‘pancakes’ (it is Shrove Tuesday!). In the Robin family, but slightly smaller with a comparatively large head, male and female Stonechats differ, as you can see in the photo’s. They largely overwinter in the UK, though they suffer if its very cold. Breeding twice or three times a year, their numbers recover pretty well and this mild winter they are doing well. Conditions: Cold wind and mainly dry. Temperature: Max 5- Min3c.