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Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

By teocali
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 Smile

Tags: Insects Bird Spotted Feeding Wildbird Rare Nesting Flycatcher Wildlife and nature Migratory Muscicapa-striata Red-list

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CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
19 Jun 2011 9:05AM
A superb capture, Sylvia, and living up to his name, too Smile. Carol

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Ray42 7 3 England
19 Jun 2011 9:07AM
Lucky you - your own personal spotted flycatchers - a cracking shot - expect to see some more
Greyheron Plus
14 280 7 England
19 Jun 2011 9:15AM
A fine image Sylvia - the bird looks wonderful set against that gorgeous background. You are going to be busy Smile

Mike
19 Jun 2011 9:42AM
Hi Sylvia, stunning shot, well done regards gray.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
19 Jun 2011 9:46AM
Lovely, lovely shot Sylvia. I do hope you manage to see all the young fully fledged. I would love to have this in my PF.
Ron
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
19 Jun 2011 11:49AM
Excellent shot and such an interesting write up which enhances one's appreciation even more.
Ronnie.
AshTree 6 1.7k 6 England
19 Jun 2011 12:18PM
What a super shot, with the large insect clearly visible too. Well done Sylvia.
Theresa
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
19 Jun 2011 12:47PM
A beautiful capture Sylvia - what a treat to have this bird nesting in your garden.
Brian.
19 Jun 2011 2:29PM
A lovely sharp capture Sylvia...........Sandy
Beautifully captured. A great pose and excellent detail.
Steve.
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
19 Jun 2011 6:19PM
A wonderful nature shot Sylvia, lucky you to have these nesting in your back garden. The detail, colours and clarity are first class as per usual
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2011 10:32PM
superb detail
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 4:17PM
A wonderful shot Sylvia - the detail is superb, cracking eye and food as a bonus - Ina
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
20 Jun 2011 4:26PM
This is a cracker Sylvia. Great pose and detail plus that bonus of the food
Richard
JohnoP 10 2
20 Jun 2011 8:34PM
Delightful image - John
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
20 Jun 2011 10:19PM
Wow....impressive !

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