... bird news from Montgomeryshire, Wales ...
Wheatear from Anglo-Saxon Whit = white and Eorse or Earse (or something like that) meaning 'rump'.
Comment from Caroline De Carle, via Facebook (www.facebook.com/montwt)...northern - nothern hemisphere wheatear - white arse because of the bird's white rump. The Victorians found it too crude a name and renamed it wheatear
`Thank you both` I lifted this question from a midland paper and posed the Q to another birding site. One reply was something to do with `white grapevine blossom` in Greece - a bit of fun though.trev4275
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