Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) in Le Sappey, France. April 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) in Le Sappey, France. April 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

The Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) is a small and beautiful passerine, much more rare than the Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) here in Canton of Geneva.

I took the picture above in Haute-Savoie, France, in my friend's garden one morning, as I was looking for some bird action. After a while I see this male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) on top of a pile of branches. It left after only a few seconds so I thought I would try to stay still and wait for him to come back. Right when I was thinking I should come back in the house with my friends, it came back on this tree and sang for several minutes. A memorable birding moment for sure!

Common Redstarts feed essentially hunting insects on the ground, waiting to find their next meal from a nearby perch. For that, they prefer land where the grass is cut really short. To sing, males usually go on the highest part of a tree.

Love Nature.
Jonathan