If you see a whinchat, it is often standing on a lookout post while scouting for insects, its main diet. Whinchats live preferably in areas with lots of stakes, high plants or bushes. In the Netherlands, you find them mostly in damp dune slacks, on heath fields and peat grounds and sometimes on vacant lots. They are long-distance migrants, arriving in April from tropical Africa. Some of these birds breed in the Netherlands, others fly further to the northeast. From August to October, they return again on their way back to Africa.