|Common Name||Northern Wheatear|
|Scientific Name||Oenanthe oenanthe|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||09/16/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Jim Mead|
|Mailing Address||798 Metcalf Drive|
Williston, Vermont 05495
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Bill & Mae Mayville email:
|Latitude of Observation||43º00'42.0"N|
|Longitude of Observation||73º11'22.4"W|
|Place Name||Old Depot Road|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||09:17 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||18 minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||200'|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||20'|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
We were there quite early but had to wait over 2 hours for the fog to lift. Once that happened the weather was beautiful with little wind and sunny.
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
Kowa TSN-884 Prominar 20-60 power lens scope & Zeiss 8x42FL T* bins
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
I saw an adult male on May 24, 2014 in the VA Medical Center parking lot, in White River Junction, VT.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
Open field with shrubbery habitat between field and road. That area was where the bird was observed. It was not associating with any other birds.
I saw it fly along the open field, then onto a fence post. It was not feeding. It did fly to a different fence post a couple of times.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
I saw the bird fly in the open from my left to the right. I was above it and then it flew out of my view. It was then located by other birders that we there, when they found it on a fence post.
|Relative Size & Shape|
It was somewhere near the size, shape and structure of an Eastern Bluebird.
The crown was light brownish & showed a bit of gray on the fore crown. It had a black eye and eye-line between the eye and bill. The auriculars were light black. The nape was brownish gray and the throat was sort of cinnamon colored. There was a white area/line above and below the black eye-line. The upper one extended behind the eye and over the auriculars.
|Feet & Bill|
The legs and feet were darkish gray and the bill was all black, came to a sharp point and was thin.
The upper back was grayish to light brownish.
|Lower Back & Rump|
The lower back and rump were also grayish to light brownish.
The unmarked wings were quite broad with a straight leading edge and a rather rounded trailing edge and were dark above and below.
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
The breast was cinnamon colored and the belly & flanks were light tan colored. The under tail coverts were white.
The tail was quite wide and short. It was white except for a conspicuous inverted black T at the tip. A very striking and easy to see (while in flight), field mark.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
The nearest species to compare this bird to would be a Bluethroat in terms of size and shape. However those are the only two points of similarity because the overall coloration between the two are completely different. I would also rule out an Eastern Bluebird because of overall coloration, wing shape and obvious tail shape and length differences.
|Other Notes & Comments|
Yes, this was a fall adult male transitioning from alternate plumage to basic plumage.
I also used my attached photos to assist with the details of this report.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|