SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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Black Redstart
Phoenicurcus ochruros
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The Black Redstart is a scarce migrant and winter visitor. It has been seen in 13 of the last 21 years. Most sightings involve one or two birds in the late autumn usually on the sea wall between Severn Beach and New Passage. It can easily be overlooked as they fly short distances amongst the boulders.

The the 5  images below are of a female or immature male, all taken at New Passage on 23rd December 2003. The bird with the fanned tail was taken at Severn Beach on 6th February 2004. This bird was identified as a first winter male when it started to sing and hold a territory!
These two pictures were taken by Gary Thoburn of the first winter male at Severn Beach in January 2004.
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