We were thrilled to find that a pair of Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata) had chosen to nest in a cavity in a brick wall in our garden, just under the eaves. The parents are busy feeding four (looks like half fledged) nestlings, with a variety of insects, including hornets! Fingers crossed they will be safely raised and I hope to get photos of the fledglings. Taken handheld.
Here is some info from the RSPB site:-
Larger than a pied flycatcher, it is grey-brown in colour with an off-white breast, streaked with darker grey and a streaked forehead. They like to perch conspicuously and watch for passing insects, flying out to snap them up, before returning to the perch. Recent dramatic population declines puts the spotted flycatcher high on the Red List.
During the breeding season spotted flycatchers can be found throughout the UK, although they are scarce in the far north and west and almost absent from Scottish islands. High densities are found from Devon and Kent as far north as the Dornoch Firth. Best looked for along woodland edges and in parks and gardens.
Many thanks for your C&Cs on my yesterday's upload - really appreciated as always
|Camera:||Canon EOS 7D |
|Lens:||EF300mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||18 Jun 2011 - 3:08 PM|
|Focal Length:||420mm 3.8m from subject, handheld|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|
|Title:||Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Uploaded:||19 Jun 2011 - 8:45 AM|
|Tags:||Bird, Feeding, Flycatcher, Insects, Migratory, Muscicapa-striata, Nesting, Rare, Red-list, Spotted, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature|