|Re-posted from Elan Valley News|
|With the arrival of April’s warm weather came our annual influx of migrant birds with pied flycatchers, redstarts, willow and wood warblers and blackcaps all arriving in significant numbers. One of the most attractive of these is the redstart, of which the male (pictured) is the most striking. Despite the colourful markings on the head and breast it is the quivering orange-red tail that gives this bird its name, the word ‘start’ being derived from old English for tail.
Redstarts are found mostly in western Britain with Wales being a particular stronghold. They favour mature open woodlands without too much understory and will nest in holes in trees or nearby walls, sometimes taking to nest boxes. They feed on a range of insects and other invertebrates but will also take berries in the autumn when they start migrating south again for the winter. They are common in the Elan Valley and can be found in any area of open oak woodland.
Image by Kev Joynes