‘Lockdown’ garden birding delivers Black Redstart

For one lucky person at least, ‘lockdown’ birding has delivered! At home in Spratton, David Arden was fortunate in having a Black Redstart visit his garden this afternoon. His excellent photos depict a very worn and faded bird, which appears likely to be a first-year female, based on appearance and feather wear. It has renewed a tertial on its right wing, the outer whitish edge of which would ordinarily contribute to the white patch on the closed wing, much abraded in this bird.

Black Redstart, Spratton, 2nd April 2020 (David Arden)
Black Redstart, Spratton, 2nd April 2020 (David Arden)

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