A Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)- a Red List bird, taken in our garden yesterday. We have quite a number of these around at the moment and they hunt continuously for insects, always returning to the same perch. I think we must have had a nest in the ivy on our walls, as this bird looks like a juvenile, but I could be wrong. They never go to the feeders.
Settings: F/5.6 1/200sec ISO200 manual@700mm tripod Best viewed large if you have time.
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The following is taken from the RSPB website:-
Larger than a pied flycatcher,the Spotted flycatcher 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.
They mainly arrive in May, and leave again in July and August. Passage birds from northern Europe can be seen in September.
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