Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Black Redstarts - Preston

On Sunday a local birder spotted a male Black Redstart in Preston town centre in similar area to where a pair bred last year, and yesterday Zac Hinchcliffe and Nick Patel found both male and female carrying food. So this evening I took a trip down to the area they have been seen in and after a short search found the female bird, which was quickly joined by one and then two recently fledged juveniles which were very vocal so easy to locate. This is only my third sighting of this species in Britain and my first decent views after a brief flight view of a bird at Fleetwood Docks in 2008, and similarly brief views of a male bird at Flamborough Head in 2009. Rubbish record shots as they remained pretty distant and the light wasn't great.

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