Or even Black-eared.....?I agree that the breast sides look swarthy and of course Pied is a strong alternative (which is why I said ‘tentative’ Northern😉) - However, I liked the isolated and solid rusty ear coverts, darkish lores and strong supercilium flaring behind the eyes for Northern. Autumn female Northern can show darkish breast sides too (a bit!)
© John Kuenzli; Northern Wheatear; Oenanthe oenanthe; Wheatear stakeout, Holmes, Ohio, United States; 12 Sep 2009; Macaulay Library ML300125561macaulaylibrary.org
© leon berthou; Northern Wheatear; Oenanthe oenanthe; Falsterbo, Skanör Bakdjupet, Skåne län [SE-12], Sweden; 15 Sep 2020; Macaulay Library ML281900651macaulaylibrary.org
I am wondering how one would rule out either for sure based on these image resolutions and these angles?
Fair enough, they look warm but maybe ‘rusty’ is the wrong word. Solid ear coverts of ‘warm brown’ would be a better description.Deb
I have no idea how you are judging colours from this image...the yellow colour cast is so bad that it negates any accurate assessment of colour.
RichardOr Pied x Black - eared which at this location is a distinct possibility ( he added unhelpfully)!
Hi RichardThanks for putting me right there Brian, I must be thinking of somewhere else I’d read about where there were hybrids, your photo shows the dark breast band nicely which to my eyes is evident on the OP photo even though overexposed.
I didn’t take it as brusque at all Brian !! I’ve only been to Cape Kaliakra once during my ‘single parent years’, late August 1997 with my three sons in tow (17, 12 and 9 years old at the time) so not surprisingly I managed just one Wheatear sp (which had a good resemblance to your image)!Hi Richard
Sorry if my comment came across as a bit brusque, it was not my intention.
I guess I could have added the word 'knowingly' to 'never seen a hybrid'...