Sunday, 11 May 2014

Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata


Date: 11th May - All Day
Location:  Newton St Loe Circular - Zones 1,2,4+5
Observation:  Decided to do the normal 6-mile walk today and seen around 40 species of birds in total. The best was 2 Spotted Flycatcher (possible third) in Zone 5 right above our seed perches! The other one was around in the woods, flying from tree and tree feeding. Also a fledgling Wood Pigeon (which we initially thought Stock Dove!) and also a family of Long-Tailed Tits, with 4 newly fledged chicks. In Seven Acre, the resident Buzzard was about, took off from floor and flew above us with a field mouse in talons, nice little surprise! A few swifts and swallows overhead into the village, Greater Spotted Woodpecker feeding on peanuts opposite farm shop. Nothing apart from usual suspects until Lake, where a few Grey Wagtails and Goldcrest were about and a couple day old Chaffinch, staying hidden in tree, with parent close-by. Also a stunning female Roe Deer, who was very obliging and photogenic, not very often you can say that! Nothing else notable for last 3 miles of walk though!
Weather:  Sunny, Warm, Very Windy
Other Species:  Buzzard, Kestrel, Crow, Rook, Spotted Flycatcher, Moorhen, LBBG, Green, Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Long-Tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Swift, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch