Monday, 9 July 2012

Juvenile Black Redstart

Black Redstart is a common breeding bird in Europe but is an extremely rare breeder in Scotland with 0-1 breeding records annually listed in Birds of Scotland. So it was interesting when the Fluke Street, Bird Observatory occupants caught one on Sunday morning

The bird had no tail and a lot of downy feathers. This bird was unlikely to have crossed the north sea from Scandinavia. We're unlikely ever to find out where the bird came from but sightings like this prove we still have lots to learn about migration.

The yellow gape on the bill is a sign that this is a very young bird

The bird also had not completed growing it's underwing coverts

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