BLACK REDSTART

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Though a very com­mon and wide­spread bird across the con­ti­nent, the Black Redstart only has a ten­u­ous foothold in the UK as a breeding bird, with prob­a­bly fewer than 50 pairs in the coun­try. They are a bit more fre­quent as pas­sage birds, be­ing early mi­grants, pass­ing through from March. Un­like Red­starts, Black Red­starts are birds of rocky ter­rain, which in this coun­try of­ten equates to build­ings and other man-made struc­tures. For in­stance, they can be found, in March, in cities, on house roofs, on farm build­ings or at reser­voir dams.

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