For this weeks edition of Wild Bird Wednesday I'm featuring two different 'Chats'. Both are Passeriformes of the Turdidae (Thrush) family.
First is the [European] Robin (Erithacus rubecula ssp. melophilus). This smart individual is our 'British' version and our unofficial national bird which has currently made my garden its feeding territory. Unlike its continental cousins it is not shy and readily follows me around 'chatting' and hoping for a handout.
The second 'chat' is more suitably named as the [European] Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola ssp. hibernans). Its name originates from the Latin; saxum - a rock; colere - to dwell and torquis - a collar. This individual is a male in post breeding moult, photographed today perched on a dead Pine on the edge of a lowland heath. FAB.