The settled weather over Europe and north Africa through much of April has led to the early arrival of summer migrant birds.
The first redstart appeared at White Wood about a week ago and there are now 3 males holding territories. I watched this one for three hours as he sang from the tops of the oaks at the edge of the wood- advertising his territory to any females. His short song was occasionally interspersed with snatches of swallow like notes and a perfect mimic of a green woodpecker.
No females have been seen yet but when they appear is the time to catch the amazing display of the male. Determination and a little luck is needed to witness this but it is well worth the effort â€” one of the most beautiful displays of any British bird â€” the last week of April is the best time to see it as the females arrive then and nesting begins.