New Year, New Style

This young, unexperienced Black Redstart somehow nearly got himself scalped. With a face like this, Apache is the first name that came to my mind when the bird became a regular at my window feeder. Who would imagine a bird’s head is so flat without all the fluffy down to cover it!

Location: Bayreuth, Germany

Black Redstart siblings

Portraits of Spot (top) and Apache (bottom), two black redstart chicks and siblings that visited my attic window feeding station for about a month after fledgling this past spring. Lively, curious and bold, the birds provided a great daily dose of entertainement. On these pictures, the juveniles are a little over a month and a half old. Both birds progressively vanished from the area shortly after these shots were taken probably in quest of a territory to settle in.

Location: Bayreuth, Germany