Spotted Flycatcher

I spent the afternoon watching Spotted Flycatchers in my local wood. They appear to have fared well this year and just in one spot there was at least 5 or 6 of them vying for position on a number of sunny perches.

They are quite drab in colour but when you watch them they are really elegant birds. Amazingly fast and agile they shoot off from their perches and pluck an insect out of the sky and then often return to the same perch over and over again.

Spotted Flycatchers are migrants from Africa and they should be heading back to warmer weather in September.


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