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raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,987
I've been seeing a bird out of the corner of my eye darting in and out of a hole in the house wall (there are lots, we never seem to quite get around to it). My hindbrain was telling me I don't recognise this new neighbour but I never quite saw him. So today I sat for a while and watched to get a better look at him (them, actually), and sure enough, I'd never seen one before. Looked him up on the RSPB site and we have a pair of redstarts  :)
It says they are summer visitors to Exmoor, so close enough not to be too unlikely but apparently rare for them to come into a garden (mind you, I do go in for the 'wild' look, so they probably didn't realise it's a garden, to be fair).
I'm hoping for babies because there is a pair and they are very busy bringing lots of food in. We already have at least 2 nests of swallows, one fledged one not quite yet, a mother duck and four babies in the 'pond' (yes, ok, its a big ditch that filled up with all the recent rain. Picky picky), a blackbird nest long since fledged (one baby), bluetits in the wall on the other side of the house, one pied wagtail nest by the back door (3 babies fledged and gone) and at least two nests of wrens in the sheds. No house sparrows this year though. And the martins started a nest but seem to have moved on.

All in all its been a good year for bird babies around here  :)
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,115
    I have black redstarts in my garden in France. They nest in the garage. Not very musical birds and quite noisy warning me off when the babies are learning to fly!
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,332
    I had one passing through in the winter he spent the day in and out of our old shed which lacked a door. 
    You are lucky having a pair nesting. Very nice.  :)
     
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,450
    I’m very jealous ... I’ve never seen redstarts although I’ve kept my eyes peeled when I’ve been in the right areas. Lucky you 😎 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,798
    We had them in our garden in central, rural Belgium and we have them here and this year, one pair has nested in our "cave" instead of in the ruin like the others.  We have been shouted at a lot.   Entertaining birds.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,987
    I have black redstarts in my garden in France. They nest in the garage. Not very musical birds and quite noisy warning me off when the babies are learning to fly!
    These are common redstarts, not the black ones. They seem extremely timid so far, no shouting yet but perhaps that will change if they do raise a brood
    “This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.”
    ― Terry Pratchett
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,531
    I've only ever seen a few briefly around here but mid and North Wales have loads of them. We've got the right habitat here so they must be around but they don't seem to tolerate people from what I've seen. The only times I've been able to get close were when they were busy with chicks. I've always hoped they will use one of my nest boxes one year but nothing so far. Hopefully you'll get some good views if they stick around.
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,055
    We have both down here, the black are more common, we have them nesting every year. They are probably the least timid of all the birds in the garden, love to see them feeding their young when they have fledged.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,358
    That's a lovely addition @raisingirl. Great when something 'new' appears isn't it?  :)

    I've seen swifts returning to nest in what used to be an old farm building, but - as is often the case round here- it had been turned into houses, so no nests left. 
    They've found a corner below the eaves at one of the houses, and have been very industrious constructing a new home. Lovely to see them. My sister told me they had some returning after years of being absent too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,987
    @Dovefromabove I don't have a very good camera and I had to take this from inside my kitchen because they stay away if I go outside, so this is the best I could do. But I thought you might like to see them :) 

    Mr

    Bit closer

    Mrs

    And this is where they are nesting, I think

    “This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.”
    ― Terry Pratchett
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 239
    What a fantastic thing to find in your garden, I'm v.jealous!
    I think I've heard them around here (Cheltenham) but never seen one, but I saw a pair in west wales once, gorgeous things
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