The high winds of Fall have already brought in a few rare birds and among them is this Northern Wheatear. This is a bird that could have easily never been found as tt was hanging around the rock face of the Red Cliffs in Logy Bay.
When I arrived at the Red Cliff, I found Mike Parmenter who had just located the bird and waved me in. We moved into the best possible viewing spot and there it was sitting on the edge of a cliff quite some distance away. Even the binoculars against the back light caused by the rising sun could not offer up a good look.
This species of bird breeds in the north, way north, and then travels either by an eastern or western route to arrive in Africa where it winters. At one time the Northern Wheatear was considered to be a member of the thrush family but more recently, it is thought to be grouped with the Old World flycatchers.
I should mention I was really pleased to see the Northern Wheatear on my first try because last year I travelled to Cape Spear when the bird was reported and was not so successful.