Wednesday, 2 May 2012

2nd of May: Red-breasted Flycatcher

With a return to nicer weather conditions, today was a day to be spent in the field looking for interesting birds. First up was this Blue-headed Wagtail that landed briefly on the shingle ridge. This bird, a continental subspecies of Yellow Wagtail is an uncommon but regular visitor to Eastern England in the spring.

Much more unexpected was this Red-breasted Flycatcher that appeared in the plantation this afternoon. Breeding no closer than Germany, these little gems are mostly seen as vagrant juveniles in the autumn, so it was a delight to see an adult male showing how its name came about.

Photos and text: Joe Cockram

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