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

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Spotted Flycatcher

A sunny start to the morning, but cloud soon rolled in, and with it, a few spots of rain.

I almost didn't bother this morning, and practically gave up after doing the north lake.
But I'm glad I didn't.

After going back to the car after an uninspiring north lake, (or was it just me being lethargic?), the rain had stopped. I grabbed my jacket anyway, as it was getting a bit cold with just a sweatshirt, and I decided to walk the south lake.

There had already been plenty of warblers around, but they just weren't playing fair, and not wanting their pictures taken. I'd hardly taken any video either, resigned to the fact it would be a 'no post' day.

Walking down the path on the south lake, towards the far end, something caught my eye in the trees along the river. Bins up, and yes, a Spotted Flycatcher. Only the second time I've seen one here at the lake; the last time being 25th August 2011.
That post is here.

Needless to say, by the time I'd dropped the bins, and reached for the camera, he'd done his characteristic dash for a fly, and settled further along the tree; then disappeared.
I'd hoped he would re-appear further along, but it was not to be.

Oh well, at least another bird for the annual list, and one for the lake list for 2013.

At the far end, pictures were easier to come by.




No sign of Robin, and by now the joggers were coming out, along with the boats.

Time for me to go; but what a cracking bird, even without pictures.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler [sp] (Sylvia borin)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. There is always tomorrow Keith. Are we the only two idiots wandering around whilst everyone else seems to sleep?

  2. I think you could be right there Adrian.
    Still, we get the best part of the day to ourselves :-)

  3. It almost turned into an exciting morning this morning Keith? Perhaps that Spotted Flycatcher will be more accommodating tomorrow?...good luck!

    You shouldn't mock that Coot, given the state of today's weather it just might have the last laugh!!...[;o)

  4. Thanks Trevor. Yea, a great find that flycatcher. Shame I couldn't get a picture though.

  5. HI Keith...Love seeing all those Spring blossoms such a marvelous time when things just wake up,but I don't know about those pesky caterpillars, probably could do without them !! That is a mountain not a nest!! lol
    One think that comes out is the boats and jogger too ; ) you'll have to get cracking early in morning to keep ahead of them !!

  6. Well done on the Flycatcher Keith and I love the shot of the Cowslip.

  7. Thanks Grace. I had a feeling you'd enjoy the flowers. :-)

    Cheers Roy. A shame I couldn't get a picture though.