Saturday, 29 August 2015

Redstarts Rock...

...especially those cracking male birds.

After a week receiving regular news updates about a good sprinkling of autumn migrants coming from the patch, I finally got out amongst it this morning and wasn't disappointed, with up to four Common Redstarts being the highlight - my first of the year and another notch towards my century goal.

A supporting cast of 5 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, a Hobby and several flyover Yellow Wagtails kept the morning ticking along nicely - but it was the Redstarts that ultimately stole the show.

The usual Wanstead crew members were out in force, along with Barking's favourite birding son Mr Hawkins, plus several tourist birders keen on seeing what Wanstead had to offer - and why not, good news travels far and wide, and most often than not Wanstead delivers - especially at this time of year, all we're missing now is that Wryneck - hopefully any day now...

Male, Wanstead, London

Male, Wanstead, London

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