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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Watch out for those Black Redstarts

Several reports are beginning to come in for Black Redstarts so keep your eyes open around old buildings and stony areas. Hopefully Black Redstart spotting experts DJS, NK, HC and DCB will be on the ball again this year giving us our annual records.
DJS usually turns one up around the Withins Gap, Cold Edge area which in the past has been a long stayer. NKs sighting was Perseverence Rd/ Soil Hill which stayed for a few days and HC/DCBs birds have appeared at Oxenhope.
HCs bird is a bit of a standing joke as one November we were at the watchpoint on the last Sunday of the vis mig season when Howard suddenly remarked, "Hey up, whats that little bugger on the wall " which turned out to be a Black Red. The year after in November, around the same date, again a small bird landed on the reservoir wall and just like an action replay Howard said "Hey up, whats that little bugger on the wall" which turned out to be another Black Red.
A bright sunny day from first light up here on the hill today with mist lying down in the valleys  but nothing bird wise to report other than 38 Common gulls in Foxhill early doors.
BS

4 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Hey up Brian lad - those action replays are the best !!!!. Get your eyes peeled in the morning.Cheers,Howard.

NigelK said...

This year and last I couldn't even see Redstart, let alone them Black 'uns.

Dean said...

Extremely quiet down here as well, Brian.

I`d love to find a Black Red on my patch, but sadly i`m lacking the right habitat.

Brian Sumner said...

I think these days Blackreds are easier than Reds, dont remember when I had my last Redstart