Spotted Flycatcher

Saturday 15th August – I was on the footbridge on the 1066 Path – Sprays Bridge towards the A21. I was watching a female Blackcap when another bird came into view. It was a Spotted Flycatcher. It perched on the end of a dead branch constantly moving its head from side to side. It darted out to catch an insect & I heard the snap of its bill. It returned time & again to the same perch. The bird then flew into a tree & seemed to be looking for insects amongst the leaves. I was thrilled to see this Spotted Flycatcher as I have not seen one recently.

On my return home my husband reminded me that we did see a family of Spotted Flycatchers in Westfield churchyard but this was many years ago. The young were being fed on the top of gravestones.

Libby

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