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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Black Redstart

Life bird No 779.
This had been a bit of a bogey bird, I hadn't been up and down the country looking for it over the last few years but I have been to enough good locations to perhaps have stumbled across one, but never did. So this was a concerted trip to nail one.

I received a message that a female had been seen in Neston. So to get one in my home county was worth the 60 minute drive.

Another bitterly cold day with frozen snow making it a little precarious under foot, but at least the location looked good under the white blanket.

Neston Marsh
Harp Inn on the Old Quay side

Black Redstart

It was a busy morning with dog walkers so she flew to the sanctuary of a nearby tree

Supporting cast of my first year sightings of Wheatear and Chiffchaff and Rock Pipit!


eileeninmd said...

Pretty birds and lovely scenery! Great photos!

Stewart M said...

Never did mange to see one of these - it would be the bird of the century if it turned up down here!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Carole M. said...

I commend your tenacity Dave, getting out in that crunchy snow-clad country. Makes for beautiful photographs; enjoyed your sweet birds

Anonymous said...

Your nailed the elusive Black Redstart perfectly Dave- definitely worth the 60 min journey.
cheers :)

Anonymous said...

You have here excellent photos
, I will come back after busy Easter time:)
You are going to visit Oulu and more northern places I suppose. It made me smile, because Oulu is my birthtown and half of citizens of Oulu are my cousins, joking :)
I made my MSc of the biology in the University of Oulu.
Near Oulu is many good places for watching migrants. Are going with some group ?
And when you will leave Oulu to the North you will drive through my mother`s homeplace. Her home farm`s fields and the sea shore is now a suburb of Oulu by name Taskila :)
I hope your visit will be rewarding.

TexWisGirl said...

such little cuties!

grammie g said...

HI Dave...Man I can't believe you are getting this snow at this time of year!! Here in Maine US it is not so unusual!!
Your 60 minute drive was worth it then and you got some nice photos of the Black Redstart!!!
That Wheatear is a sharp looking one!!
Thanks for the comment on my WBW post!

Carletta said...

A long drive but worth it!
Wonderful shots! I love the shot of the Wheater with the contrasting textures of the stone and lichens - the colors too.
LOVE your header shot!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It looks like that little beauty was just sitting there waiting for you to get there after your long drive! I think she was waiting for the perfect photographer to arrive. And she got him! Nice. I hope the roads were less icy than the fields. It was a good birding day for you.

thewovenspoke said...

Nice photos in the snow even. It looks like it was worth the drive. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Nice photos of that cute little Black Redstart! Glad you made the trek to photograph it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my pheasants.

Richard Pegler said...

A Great post Dave, with lovely images. I got a bit blasé about Black Redstart as I used to see them a lot in railway yards in Central Europe. I'd love to see one now!