It’s taken a long time but I’ve finally, today, recorded my 30th different bird species in the garden. The lucky bird number 30 was a Redstart and I was also very fortunate to record it drinking from the water dish.
I didn’t actually see the bird live, so I’ve only got the video as proof, but I’m pretty sure that it’s a Redstart.
This is a migratory bird, about the size of a Robin, that spends Summers in Northern Europe and winters in Africa. They are not uncommon in general, although they visit gardens pretty rarely.
I’m very glad that this one visited mine.