Once I've found a redstart I stay some time, looking and listening. It's an immersive experience, redstart song and lambs bleating.
I make several short videos of the redstart as he sings, seeing him shift his stance to appeal to any female in range. I'm up on the escarpment edge above the bird, looking down into his throat to see pale flesh in contrast to the black plumage of his face. A breeze ruffles the pale feathers below his belly.
Redpoll are audible all across Scout Scar this April morning. There's is a more local migration. Redpoll signifies the red on the head. They are restless birds, often heard overhead in flight. And they are difficult to see. The easiest place I've found to see redpoll is on the bird feeders put out by Cumbria Wildlife Trust at Foulshaw Moss.