Typical, I go and say"July Sucks" with not much to photograph and I go and find my own Common Redstart...sod's law.
I wasn't really going out birding either, just a cycle ride and check a few potential sites. I went along the Lamport Railway line from Church Brampton/Kingsthorpe end with the intention of going up to the Hanging Houghton crossing and the up along to Cottesbrooke as Neil/Eleanor have been blogging about some great birds along here.
For those not from Northampton the Lamport Railway is a collection (not much of) of old trains with a section of about 2 miles of track the rest is a cycle path/footpath. It's very popular with many cyclist turning up in cars and then riding along it, not sure why people drive to where they're going to cycle it seemed to me a bit odd, I was a hero and cycled from my home in Eastfield...."man points". As I went past the sidings heading towards Merry Tom crossing (Merry Tom Lane) I was watching the numerous Common Whitethroats feeding of loads of flying ants when a flash of red whisked past my face, I even pulled my head back and slammed my brakes on fearing a collision, "what was that", I knew it was something different, Bullfinch, one of the many Robins, possible Kingfisher (I have had one or two along here), after about ten minutes and a lot of cyclist all I could hear was Bullfinch...hmmm, I was just about to move on when I heard it call I recognised the call straight away (it was disputing with a Chaffinch) and on the cycle path feeding off the flying ants there it was...
A Blackbird on a concrete bollard at Merry Tom crossing, with plenty of food, these were unusually approachable, with one coming with inches of my feet.
This one feeding off the cycle path.
I have a week off work starting Monday so shall go back and see if the Redstart is still there, fingers crossed.