Monday, 15 April 2013

Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula Hypoleuca





Date spotted: 15th April - 2PM
Location: 12 O'Clock Lanes - Zones 1+4
Observation: Went on a short wander through the lanes and along 12 O'Clock before returning back down through Newton St Loe village. A bit deserted with the odd Blue Tit or Pigeon, flying past. A buzzard being mobbed by crows whilst trying to eat a Fox that had been hit by car. We spotted 2 Roe Deer and 1 Stag, at the bottom of the valley/field, sunning themselves. Walked on a bit further to see another 3 Roe Deer (again 1 stag) They were feeding in amongst the forest before running off over to meet the the 3 Deer. We were watching the Buzzard was sat in tree overlooking the valley when we noticed a bird very like a Pied Wagtail, we looked again to see it was a Pied Flycatcher! A first for this area, only ever seen a Spotted Flycatcher at the Lake so this was a nice bonus, got within 20 feet of it watched it for a few minutes, it got chased off by another bird possibly a Chiffchaff or Female Pied Flycatcher and didn't return. A small group of Chiffchaff posing in the sun also. Turned out to be a very nice and successful walk with a new bird for the local area!
Weather: Cloudy, Warm, Some Sun.
Other Species: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Chiffchaff, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Blackcap, Barn Swallow, Goldfinch, Skylark, House Sparrow, Red-Legged Partridge, Roe Deer, Peacock Butterfly