The first-winter male COMMON REDSTART was still present in its favoured hedgerow today (Saturday 13th) - nice views in the scope in the Autumnal sunshine.
This record constitutes only the 4th Common Redstart in this hedgetow since I started this patch in March 2008. on par with the amount of Wheatear records I have had in the same area!
Alas I have had no wheatears passing through this area this Autumn & again (though the field looks good for them) still no Autumn Whinchats.
For local interest the list of passage birds in these fields since March 2008 is -:
4 COMMON REDSTARTS
4 NORTHERN WHEATEARS
3 COMMON STONECHATS
1 RING OUZEL
1 COMMON NIGHTINGALE
Not forgetting a pair of GREY PARTRIDGE in both years, LESSER WHITETHROATS, 2 RED KITE sightings & a HOBBY.though few & far between, results do mount up when you work a patch virtually everyday (Darin Stanley)