One of my favourite patch birds. Hard to find, Hard to photograph and Great to watch.
Some years, Black Redstarts are a tricky bird to catch up with. Holy Island in the Autumn is usually productive but the last 12 months have been amazing. Recently the over-wintering bird at Blyth, North Pool Chevington (06/04), Newbiggin (13/04) and St Mary's Island (14/04) are just a few of the many birds to be seen in Northumberland.
Blot on the landscape or Brilliant engineering?
View from my front room (the first of many).
View from Budge Screen
Yesterday a quick check at Chevington made me realise how many summer visitors have started to return. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Wheatear, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Whimbrel, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern and Sedge Warbler.
Wheatears were present in decent numbers all along the coast.
Blackcaps too busy feeding to put on a good show for the camera.