Black Redstart at Wells (by Richard Campey)

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Black Redstart at Wells (by Richard Campey)

Black Redstart at Wells (by Richard Campey)

The long staying Black Redstart appears to have finally moved on. For much of the beginning of February it could be seen along East Quay at Wells-next-the-Sea and was most often found near the sailing club. Richard Camopey went to look for the bird on the 9 February on a particularly dull morning with a bit of sleet thrown in. After looking around on the roof tops and slipway he finally located it running around by his car and along the pavement right outside the sailing club. The bird was actively feeding in the gardens along East Quay and then flew off to the fishing sheds further down the lane.

The black redstart is a small robin-sized bird that has adapted to live at the heart of industrial and urban centres. Its name comes from the plumage of the male, which is grey-black in colour with a red tail. With fewer than 100 breeding pairs in the UK, the black redstart is on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern.

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