Black Redstart is
species I associate with docks and harbours - I've seen then whilst
alongside in countries throughout Europe, from Denmark to Gibraltar.
They are one of the first migrants to start moving in the spring and
one of the last in the autumn and are always a pleasure to see.
Redstart passes dead Skylark, Black
Male Black Redstart, Mediterranean, October 2020
This species is one of the most regular late autumn migrants offshore in the Mediterranean.
Female Black Redstart in poor condition, off Mallorca, October 2020
The following two images were
taken on the back deck of a survey vessel not far
in late November 2009.
Black Redstart, Skogsøy,
Øygarden, November 2010
Black Redstart are a scarce but regular migrant in Øygarden
Perhaps the best place to see this species is on the island of Hernar
Black Redstart, 24 March 2012, Herdlevær, Øygarden
Black Redstarts often cope better with offshore conditions than other
passerines - this bird caught a number of moths whilst onboard German
Sector of the North
Male Black Redstart, North Sea, November 2011
Black Redstart, Hernar,
Øygarden, Norway, 06 August 2015.
Hernar gets this species quite regularly but this one threw me
completely age-wise. It was seen at a very unusual time of year - early
August is not a time of year to see this species locally. The yellow
gape led me to believe that this was a young bird. However, adults can
show this too (though this feature does not seem to be visible on any
of the other images I have of this species). The worn tertials indicate
that this is in fact an adult bird. Goodness knows where this came from!