Saturday, 24 December 2016

Eastern Black Redstart - A Christmas Twitch

The best kind of twitches are when you get to see a really good bird close to where you are going anyway. 

On 24th December 2016 I saw an Eastern Black Redstart on Christmas Eve close to my grandmother's house in North Yorkshire at Skinningrove on the coast. The bird had been there since October and been twitched by lots of people.  We had held off from twitching it on the basis that we would be visiting my Gran for Christmas and hoping it would stay all winter.

It's a subspecies at the moment but is a stunning bird which stayed near the water-line whilst we watched. It's very distinctively different from other Black Redstart's and so is ripe for splitting.

Eastern Black Redstart Skinningrove, Teeside
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

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Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig in Antarctica
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Mya-Rose Craig is a 14 year old young British Bangladeshi birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

Mya-Rose was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people
She organised a conference in June 2016 aiming to increase the ethnic diversity in nature. Please connect with her on LinkedIn (Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig) so that she can invite you to join the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group and be part of the change. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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