Saturday, 8 July 2017

Spotted Flycatcher: back for seconds!

Linda was keen to see the Spotted Flycatcher family that I had found at a nearby church, so we had an early breakfast and drove the short distance to the tree-lined carpark. Straight away we saw an adult on a gravestone, which was soon joined by a couple of juveniles. All around Blackcaps, Robins and Song Thrushes sang their heads off, while the bushes were filled with squirrels: what lovely places our country churchyards are...

We moved on to another local church to inspect the Poplars for Hornet moth flight holes: sure enough, we found lots! From there we visited the Poplar belt where I'd photographed some Hornet Clearwings: we saw a single male, but also an enormous hornet-sized hover fly!

Last stop was Strumpshaw: White Admiral was no problem, but we missed Silver-washed by a couple of minutes. On the brambles by the new dipping pool I watched several Clearwings, but they never settled for photos...









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