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Friday, 17 May 2019

A little beauty that returns in spring

These were photographed on 16th May in one of our Upper Calder Valley oakwoods.
It's not all that common in our area but now known in 3 or 4 cloughs, probably more if they are searched carefully, with ears ready for a slightly feeble repetitive little song.

Pied Flycatcher male

Same bird. He visited two boxes trying to get a female interested. 
We saw him mate with her but it was so quick I didn't get a picture. Females are brown and white.
They take readily to nestboxes. Taken with a compact Lumix DMC-TZ60

I saw my first Spotted Flycatchers of the year on the same day! First time I've got them both on the same day for a new season's sightings.