Phoenicurus phoenicurus

[Common Redstart] (pp.179–180)

Selected new records


Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest 2 Apr 2011 (one found dead); Latest 29 Oct 2015 (one).


New record set for spring-passage maximum

2 & 3 May – Maxima of 20 on both dates were the highest ever recorded during spring passage through Lundy (the previous maximum being 15 on 2 May 2004). Late Apr and early May 2012 saw some extremely unsettled weather and it is likely that birds took advantage of a break in the conditions to move en masse and/or were displaced from their usual migration route.

Late date in autumn

26 Oct – A female in the vicinity of Brambles, St John’s Valley and Castle Hill was one of the latest records of recent years.


Late date in autumn

29 Oct – A single bird remains the latest since publication of The Birds of Lundy (the latest ever was on 16 Nov 2002).


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