Black Redstart – Newton’s Cove, Weymouth, Dorset

Having seen Black Redstarts last Thursday I decided to return to Newton’s Cove in Weymouth for another look and to try and draw one. I set up my scope and sat quietly overlooking the rocky coastline which had been the favoured area for the female.

Over the next couple of hours I had several brief glimpses and managed to piece together a sketch. In the end I decided that the female was in fact a 1st winter male on the basis that the secondaries and lower tertial were very strongly edged white forming a noticeable wing panel.

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