Friday, 17 April 2015

The Start of a new season

After our record breaking Puffin count on Wednesday of 21,229, we thought that the 2015 season couldn't have gotten off to a better start but, although the Puffins (and Guillemots and Razorbills) have temporarily deserted us (usual for this time of year), it was just a false Start!

Today in North Haven a male Common Redstart was seen side by side with a female Black Redstart then latter on with a male Black Redstart. Common Redstarts usually breed in woodland or mature orchards and Black Redstarts often near human habitations. Both, of course, are on migration so seeing them side by side was a seasonal treat and a nice comparison. Unfortunately the Black Redstarts were far less obliging than the showy and very striking Common Redstart.

Male Common Redstart

Female Black Redstart
   See the Recent Sightings tab at the top of the blog for highlights of the last days and weeks.

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