It is not so tender as the whinchat, some few of them occasionally stopping in this country all the winter.
It is difficult to put oneself in the place of the Stonechat or of the whinchat.
The furze-chat, mentioned by C. Brown, is the Saxicola rubetra, commonly also called the whinchat.
Mr Harvie Brown saw it at Aultbea in 1884, more abundantly than the whinchat.
The redstart and nightingale are most subject to this; it sometimes also happens to the fauvette, and also to the whinchat.
The whinchat may be distinguished at a considerable distance by the white streak over the eye.
Some greenfinches, a whinchat or two, almost no pipits or larks, and very few sparrows.
The same is true of the whinchat, and one would scarcely expect to find this bird attacking Buntings as it sometimes does.
Incidentally we may remark that the whinchat is also a frequenter of the gorse coverts and the moorlands.