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Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Early last month I described my excitement at discovering a female Black Redstart on the coastal shore of my home city. <br />
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Although common on the continent, these birds are incredibly rare in the UKk, so imagine my delight today when I found this male in the same spot. <br />
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Despite assuming my previous find was probably a late migrant, it&#039;s a spot at which I&#039;ve stopped on each occasion I&#039;ve passed on my bike, since then...............just in case.<br />
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Today it paid off.<br />
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So please forgive the repeat posting on the same species.<br />
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Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

Early last month I described my excitement at discovering a female Black Redstart on the coastal shore of my home city.

Although common on the continent, these birds are incredibly rare in the UKk, so imagine my delight today when I found this male in the same spot.

Despite assuming my previous find was probably a late migrant, it's a spot at which I've stopped on each occasion I've passed on my bike, since then...............just in case.

Today it paid off.

So please forgive the repeat posting on the same species.

    comments (3)

  1. A matching pair, how extraordinary Philip, given the rarity. Your excitement is palpable! This is such a great shot of the male as well, nicely artistic. (My brain is telling me they are rail spikes he has alighted on - but they could equally be natural, like reeds). Posted 2 years ago
    1. Hi Ruth

      The spikes are part of some fencing that surrounds a boat yard in Brighton Marina, at the bottom of the cliffs I suspect the pair are residing. I shall be making a point of visiting often in and around the nesting season, to see if there's any evidence of breeding.
      Posted 2 years ago
      1. Thanks for that Philip. Look forward to learning about any lovely developments. Posted 2 years ago

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The Black Redstart "Phoenicurus ochruros" is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus "Phoenicurus". Like its relatives, it was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family, but is now known to be an Old World flycatcher.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Philip Booker
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Uploaded Jan 8, 2021. Captured Jan 8, 2021 14:01 in Roedean Cafe, Marine Dr, Brighton BN2 5RL, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO100
  • 220mm