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Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) | by Elliot Montieth
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Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)





This rather beautiful Common Redstart (by far my best image of this species), was taken on my first trip over to Spurn with fellow young birders Darragh Hudson & Ellis Lucas. As Darragh was at the Warren awaiting for a Rustic Bunting to show, myself and Ellis went off for a much bigger prize as a Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler (PG Tips) had been reported on the Spit. on our walk down we were surrounded by a huge fall of Robins of which the total count was 800! 200 of which were on the Spit.


On our walk down we literally saw nothing but Robins..."What's that ?...Robin", "Did you see that ?.....Robin", "Guess what?...Robin, hang on its a Redstart!". For a brief few moments a moulting male Redstart perched just a few meters ahead of us and gave the best views I'd ever had of Redstart before it got disturbed by a car and shot off.


A full write up of the day and can be found on the following link:

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Taken on October 9, 2016