Friday 28 November 2014

Black Redstart - Paradoxus?

The first-winter black redstart of the presumed 'paradoxus' type again showing well around the sailing club this evening. It was frequenting the gable ends of the apartments down there, but also coming lower down on to the sea wall and getting in the tiny gardens and on the balconies. This form differs from the typical autumn grey female-types by having more advanced adult male-type head and body feathering and retained worn juvenile wings, lacking the striking white wing panels of adult males.
At least one purple sandpiper was with 5+ turnstone and a little egret on Maer Rocks late afternoon.

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