Redstarts

An early walk on Sunday had a nice fall of migrants including our first Willow Warbler of the year.  A male Black Redstart was a new bird for the location. Walking down to the sea produced very little.  This afternoon the wind turned south east, so it looked like the sea was the place to be.  3 miles later, the glorious sunshine at home turned into thick sea mist.  If the tide had been out I wouldn’t have been able to see the sea.  A walk along the coast and back home through the wetland produced nothing at all, until in one corner of a field there were 6 Wheatears, a different Black Redstart and our first Common Redstart of the year.   Of course, having set out for a seawatch, I was carrying my telescope instead of my SLR, so the pictures are just phonescoped.

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The first Reed Warbler of the season
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Black Redstart and Reed Bunting
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Seawatching is rather difficult if you can't even see the sea.
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A different Black Redstart two days later and 100 yards from the first
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One of 6 Wheatears
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Female Redstart

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