#307 Black is the new Red, at least it is in bird terms

I happened to glance up at a small bird that had landed on the wall opposite the kitchen window at work today. Sooty grey in colour with an upright stance, I knew what it was even before it started flicking it orange colour tail. A black redstart!  The summer migrant Common redstarts have all departed now, and it’s now the turn of the winter visiting black redstarts.

They aren’t that common  – there have been reports of about 8 in the County in the past week, the majority of those being on Portland, and all of them on the coast.  Seeing one inland was a surprise – and to see it whilst having my lunch was a real bonus!  I knew I’d taken the big lens to work for a reason, and ten minutes later I managed to get some record shots of the bird as it flitted around – having a great feast on the cluster flies around the roof.

They are lovely birds, the tail flicker being particularly impressive. It’s a shame I didn’t have much time to spare as a video would have perhaps done it a bit more justice than the shots I did get. Ah well, may it will hang around – there are plenty more flies around yet!

Black redstart on the roof - with a bit of blue sky as a background.

Black redstart on the roof – with a bit of blue sky as a background.

Eyeing up yet another cluster fly!

Eyeing up yet another cluster fly!

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