Walking to work this morning, across Migrant alley, I wondered to myself will I find an avian treat on one of the fence posts, well, after all, it is my birthday today! As it happened, I spied in the distance what looked like a Robin, or Dunnock sat on the fence rail, I got a little nearer and was ecstatic to see that it was in fact a BLACK REDSTART (79, 58), this is just the 3rd record of this species in this the 9th year of recording on my patch, Happy Birthday me!!
The Black Redstart and the Red Kite, (seen on Monday) are both species never recorded in the month of April before, and they bring the combined April list to 99, it would be nice to see that figure hit the 100.
Straight after work this afternoon, I collected my camera and went back off to Migrant Alley, to try and re-locate the Black Redstart, alas it was nowhere to be seen, despite a thorough scan of the fence posts and rails, and to rub it in it started raining! Not much else was seen either, a few PIED WAGTAILS, the usual resident Corvids and WOODPIGEONS, and the now inevitable SPARROWHAWK that flew over menacingly. I hung about for twenty minutes, in the hope of something turning up, but the afternoon was brought to an early end as the rain got heavier.
In my excitement of seeing the Black Redstart, I managed to drop my phone, which broke into 3 pieces and is now useless! So if anyone reading this blog has sent me a text today I won't be able to answer! Guess what i'm getting as a birthday present ?