Field Paintings

Despite the weather the first male Redstarts have arrived in the oakwoods of the Dart Valley and are setting up territories . They have been keeping a low profile this week but in the early morning sunshine over the last couple of days they have started singing. The males perch at the top of oak trees and sing their short warble repeatedly.

These males are advertising their territories in the hope of attracting newly-arrived females. No sign of any females yet but they should arrive this week. Then the males really put on a show with fabulous displays around potential nest sites – these displays are brief but very exciting to watch.

John Walters

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