Northern Wheatear has a large range extending from much of northern Europe and Asia south into North Africa and the Middle East, but also including some areas of the arctic Western Hemisphere (e.g. Alaska, Iceland, and Greenland). This species has the (probably) unique attribute of crossing either the Atlantic Ocean or the continent of Eurasia during its annual cycle. The North American birds breeding in Greenland and northeastern Canada occur rarely but with some regularity in areas of eastern North America. The map below highlights occurrences in September (click the link to explore additional seasonal patterns of this species).
Observers along the Atlantic seaboard of the US should keep a close eye in open habitats, whether coastal dunes or rocky fields, in the coming days, as strong northeasterly wind flow in the western North Atlantic may carry a small number of wheatears.