vittata Pied Wheatear

1st for Israel

It began with a text message. My introduction to the remarkable spring this year in Southern Israel began with  a text received at Heathrow airport. It was Dutch birders Arjan van Egmond and Marc Guyt trying to grip me off even before I’d  arrived ! ; )

Great news: they’d found Israel’s first vittata Pied Wheatear. Thankfully it stayed and I got to see it a couple of times. Definitely a bit of an enigma. Is it a rare morph of Pied, the product of hybridization (between Eastern Black-eared and Pied) or someting else? The question remains unanswered I think…

Even more remarkable for a British birder. Only recently the first British record of Pied Wheatear (Isle of May, 19th October 1909) was reviewed by Andy Stoddart and found to be (or re-instated) as a first winter male ‘vittata‘. Birds are remarkable!

vittata Pied Wheatear, Eilat, Israel, March 2012. Marc Guyt, AGAMI

vittata Pied Wheatear, Eilat, Israel, March 2012. Marc Guyt, AGAMI

vittata Pied Wheatear, Eilat, Israel, March 2012. Yoav Perlman, Birding in Israel Blog

vittata Pied Wheatear, Eilat, Israel, March 2012. Yoav Perlman, Birding in Israel Blog

… not pretty, but for my own memories- my pics taken in the dark of first full day in the Eilat area:

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One Response to vittata Pied Wheatear

  1. Bas vd Burg says:

    bye the way the second vittata for Israel was found 2 days later by Dick Forsmann, so 2 vittata’s in 1 week for Israel!

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