Having spent most of the week either gardening or starting on some long outstanding redecorating jobs indoors I felt the need to get out today and see what other migrants might have turned up. A visit to Thursley Common seemed a good choice and produced several singing Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit and two Swallows passing through to add to my year list.
But the highlight was finding three male [Common] Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) recently arrived from Africa and I watched one individual stamp his authority on the others as it staked out its new breeding territory.
Resplendent in its breeding plumage; orange-red breast, black throat and white forehead; and constantly vibrating its tail to reveal the rusty-red feathers.
After the other two males vacated the immediate area I had to wait quite a time before this male decided to perch briefly to allow the lens to focus. Once the females arrive nesting will begin in earnest and I'll try to return to get some better images. FAB.
Saturday's Critters, I'D-Rather-B-Birdin' and Wild Bird Wednesday.