Redstarts in my garden

18th August 2011
This spring, in my garden, a pair of Redstarts have successfully raised two young in a very thick, old hedge containing a large variety of wild trees and shrubs. This hedge, going by traditional calculations (one hundred years for every established species of tree) is around four hundred years old. It serves as a perfect habitat for both nesting birds in the spring, and roosting birds all year round. The Redstarts were always shy but did show from time to time allowing me to get some shots without disturbing them too much. However, the adults have now totally disappeared and the two juveniles are painfully shy and have retreated to the rear of the hedge. They will be leaving soon and I will be sorry to see them go, but I hope they will return next year because they certainly brightened up the garden.
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