Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Black Redstarts return to Preston! - 26th July 2011
In August 2010, I confirmed breeding of Black Redstart in Preston Town Centre for the first time since the 1950's! (see blog post)
I only managed to confirm breeding after the birds had fledged so the adults soon became elusive which was a shame. I hoped they would return in 2011 so I could observe these enchanting birds before they settled into breeding.
Nick and I visited the town centre once a week for several weeks in June to try and catch the sound of a singing male, but the closest we came was a very brief flight view of a redstart sp.
On Sunday 24th July, Phil Buck spotted a male on Bairstow Street calling frequently. Nick and I therefore decided we would have a real go today and we managed to locate both male and female. Both of which were carrying food and the male was heard singing several times also. Superb!
Let's hope they are successful breeders for a second year!