16 Apr 2010 Redstart. Photograph by Graham Allbutt

Although the week's predominantly northerly airflow resulted in fairly poor conditions for large arrivals of migrants at coastal sites, there was still a significant increase in the reports of some species, such as Redstart. The excellent image above, captured in North Staffordshire on Tuesday, encapsulates the balancing act undertaken by males of migratory species every year: timing arrival to be early enough to set up and defend a territory but not so early that food is too scarce.

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