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Rare Bird Sightings
April 2005
by Steve Botham

Black Redstart - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying birds? One of the best field guides is the "Collins Bird Guide" - available through the Amazon bookshop -  click here

This female black redstart was spotted in early April at Boultham Mere - only the second one recorded at the reserve.

There are literally millions of these birds in Europe, but there's only a small wintering population of black redstarts, and a few passage migrants, here in the UK. The R.S.P.B. estimate the breeding population of this bird to be no more than 100 pairs in the UK.

The black redstart is an amber listed species.

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