Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Black Red Boy Girl?

Had an hour spare in between checking over the repair/improvement work on Seaton Sluice Watchtower and picking up the kids so after a short look for gulls in Blyth Harbour I nipped down to Newbiggin to catch up with the Black Redstart that has been reported from the lifeboat station in recent days (as a female). It seemed to be given a few folk the run around this afternoon. I caught sight of it sat under a boat before it dived into nearby gardens and then reappeared on the roof of the lifeboat house. I left with two birders still circling the lifeboat house as it had once again vanished. I said reported as a female but with a fairly obvious white-wing panel might this be a 2nd or 3rd calendar year male? Svensson seems to suggest that females never show any white in the wing...

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