aka Kashmir Tien Shan Redstart… at Scarborough

Found on Saturday by resident and local Scarborough birder Steve Pinder in and around his garden. As most field guides don’t illustrate such new and emerging species as the Eastern Black Redstart (seen what I sneaked in there) he thought it must be a male Common Redstart. Thankfully Long Nab devotee, Nick Addey thought he’d better take a look. BOOM! Britain’s 5th ever Eastern Black Redstart taxon: phoenicuroides.

P.S. Excellent craic with Flambro and Filey birders- Rich and Gaynor, Phil C. and Mark (WBD) Pearson…

Eastern Black Redstart Scarboro 1st Dec 2014 j

It’s a 1cy male with mostly adult type greater coverts on the left wing but more obvious mix of juvenile and adult type greater coverts on the right wing. A bit of video (it looks very smart!)

The wing formula looks good for phoenicuroides but here it is for the further close study with primary tips and some emarginations action :). Eastern Black Redstart Scarboro 1st Dec 2014 f


and I was very grateful to capture some calls as it had bouts of being quite vocal. Want to look at this versus other redstart calls when get chance. Of jump in if you are interested and have comment to make on these calls.

Eastern Black Redstart Scarboro 1 dec 2014 sonagram


Eastern Black Redstart Scarboro 1st Dec 2014 h

Eastern Black Redstart Scarboro 1st Dec 2014 e

4 thoughts on “Eastern Black Redstart taxon: phoenicuroides

  1. Pete Morris

    Great bird! Martin, did you see the ‘Redstart’ at Spurn. I had some suspicions of that from the photos I saw. Was it definitely a ‘Common’ type…?

    1. Martin Garner Post author

      Hi Pete

      great to hear from you. I did go and see the Spurn bird early on. It was a bit smoky/dark above but apart from that I couldn’t make it into obviously more than a Common Redstart. The wing formula was also correct for Common (and wrong for a Black Redstart/ Eastern Black Redstart. I couldn’t of course eliminate the early migrating samamisicus or a hybrid but I suspect late 1cy female Common is what it is


  2. Pete Morris

    OK, thanks. I was just interested in the appearance from the photos on Birdguides I think it was, coupled with the apparent atypical behaviour (probably the only easy food was on the beach!). Cheers, Pete

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