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Black Redstart ~ Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros

This is my submission for NO EDIT FRIDAY  - and gawd, despite the minor editing I usually do, it’s really difficult to find a suitable picture!! :-P ;-)

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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

Germany

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Black Redstart (male) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Hahn) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros

Has anyone seen this small migrant bird? If yes, please tell him to come home soon. We miss him!!

Germany

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Black Redstart (male) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Hahn) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros

This little guy is an old friend of mine. :-) Another picture from today and the yard.

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Black Redstart ~ Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros

Not the Redstart female I used to photograph before, but another small and trusting feathered friend (probably a youngster aka fledgling from this year) from my backyard. :-)

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Black Redstart (female) ~ Hausrotschwanz (Henne) ~ Phoenicurus ochruros

Helping out the wild birds who are raising their young at the moment with some nourishing insects - because most baby (song) birds are fed insects only by their parents. :-)

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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.

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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.

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