Spotted flycatchers

I’m currently up in Northamptonshire visiting a friend – he lives in a farmhouse in the middle of a large wood which is part of the Yardley Chase complex.

Denton Wood Farm
Today we were treated to a family party of spotted flycatchers – four maybe even five birds

Spotted Flycatcher 2Spotted flycatchers sit on a perch and flit out to catch small insects and then often return to the same branch

Spotted Flycatcher 1Spotted flycatchers have declined enormously in the last 30 years or so

Spotted Flycatcher 3

These are the first breeding spotted flycatchers I have seen this year. I saw a bird on passage in spring on the Isles of Scilly but haven’t seen any in Devon so far.

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