Black Redstart (fledglings) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Ästlinge) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
Three cuddly Redstarts, handraised and released in 2013.
Black Redstarts love rocks, cliffs and buildings (why and how? Read here) and are not so much into greenery, that is why the companion Blue Tit fledgling (not in the picture) rested on fresh hazelnut branches, while these guys slept in the most peculiar places like bookshelves or, like depicted above, on the cozy heating pipes, 10 feet (3 m) above the floor. :-D
Black Redstart ~ Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
I successfully hand-raised and releasesd 3 young Black Redstarts this year. They did all kinds of funny and silly things in the living-room. Please note that most other song birds like tits/chickadees need a more natural and greener environment to grow up with fresh twigs (e. g. hazelnut twigs) whereas Redstarts really enjoy all kinds other materials that you can also find inside of buildings.
Black Redstart (female) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Weibchen) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
When it is difficult for me to leave the house to take pictures because I have to look after the orphaned baby birds I’m hand-raising at least once per hour, sometimes I’m lucky and the birds come to me. :-) The Redstarts have opted for breeding a second time this year. I’m curious when they will present their young to me.
Left: House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus
Right: Black Redstart ~ Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
Birding for beginners: In these pictures you can see the difference between granivorous (left) and insectivorous (right) birds. The difference is obvious when you look at the beak shape: Granivorous birds have stronger and stout beaks that are strong enough to crush the shells of the seed. The beaks of insectivorous birds are thin and pointed to facilitate the grasping of insects e. g. in the crevices of the bark of trees.
Black Redstart youngster ~ Junger Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
The long distance migrants are back! You can hear Redstarts singing and reclaiming their territory EVERYWHERE! Having hand-reared three of them in 2013, I keep wondering …………….. :-D
By the way, the bird you can see above is a fledgling, already independent from his/her parents, but you can still see the typical “chick beak”, the yellow “corners” of his/her “mouth”, which will disappear eventually after a few months.