We are lucky to have a good local population of Spotted Flycatchers that migrate to the area each summer. Sadly the species is now on the red list, meaning that they are;
* Globally threatened
* Historical population decline in UK during 1800–1995
* Severe (at least 50%) decline in UK breeding population over last 25 years, or longer-term period (the entire period used for assessments since the first BoCC review, starting in 1969).
* Severe (at least 50%) contraction of UK breeding range over last 25 years, or the longer-term period
Our neighbours knocked a few weeks back and asked what could be done to help a fledgling that they had found in their garden, complete with nest. My wife was shown where this had been discovered and my daughter noticed a gap in the brickwork that had been the likely original location. A quick trip up the ladder and the nest and bird were returned to the brickwork with the parents returning to feed at the nest shortly after.
Spotted Flycatchers migrate to the UK from mid-April onwards from sub-Saharan Africa, some travelling from as far as South Africa, arriving all across Southern England.
This one was perched on a Scots Pine in the village tonight, flying out to catch insects in the early evening sun.