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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Spotted Flycatcher

 (It's took a while to get this; YouTube was being awkward. Third attempt.)

Rain this morning. Not very good. But some good birds.

I topped up the feeders, and decided to just do the north lake. The rain was quite heavy. Two Little Egrets flew north; I guess they had roosted at Cormorant island.

The 7 cygnets are looking more like young adults now. The white feathers are slowly showing through the grey/brown now, and the adult birds are leaving them more to their own devices.

Some not so lucky younger swans were having a hard time from a couple of adults though. Constantly harassed by two individuals, that kept them on the move. I guess it's time for them to move on, and claim their own territories soon.

Down at the weir, I spent some time watching two Mallards filtering through the rushing water. I was amazed they didn't get washed down the river.

Two Kingfishers flew across the lake close by, and headed for one of the trees that overhang the water. A regular sighting here now.

There seemed to be a lot of flying activity by the Mallards this morning, all heading north, towards the fields. Maybe the rain brings food there.

Almost back by the car park, and a small, plain looking bird caught my eye. One of those moments when the 'plainness' shouts out. Plus the streaks on top of the head.
I had a feeling I knew what it was straight away, and when it flew out from the tree it was in, circled round, and landed back in the same place, it confirmed it to me.

Spotted Flycatcher!

A great find. My first one here, and only the second one I've seen.
I spent a good 30 minutes just watching, as he took off searching for insects on the wing, and then came back to his perch. A few pictures and video too, to record this moment. A few Chaffinch seemed to be harassing him for a while,

and in the end he just left. Moved on somewhere else, and less bothersome.

Despite the rain, a great mornings visit.

This takes my total for the year here, to 93; and since 2008, when I started keeping a check, 106. Not bad for a place that local birders dismiss, and some say, 'Caldecotte? Not a lot there is there'



Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Good to get the Spotted Flycatcher Keith.
    You are certainly getting some good flying bird videos now, has the BBC heard about you.{:)

  2. A good day out, even with the rain. Plenty of birds, including the Spotted Flycatcher and Grey Heron, superb.

  3. Thanks Roy.
    I could do with a job lol

    Thanks Bob. Yea, a great day, made all the better with the Spotted Flycatcher.

  4. HI Keith...great siteing on the Flycather, and being able to get the photo's and observe it a bit!!

    The Ducks at the weir where pretty funny ...wonder what he was getting something to eat from the water or if he was just playing. lol


  5. Thanks Grace. Yea, the Spotted Flycatcher was a great find. Very happy with that one.

  6. Keith, well done with the Spotted Flycatcher. And a great video, love those Mallards and the Swan taking to the air.

    A great tally for such an 'uninteresting'(not) lake! [;o)

  7. Cheers Trevor. The good thing about this lake is you never know what's going to be here. It's great :-)

  8. ITS a gorgeous bird and thats a wonderful photo with the red berries!!! Congrats on getting the list up there.

  9. Thanks Sondra.
    I looked for him today, but no luck. I must have struck lucky seeing him when I did. :-)