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Gronk08

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Hi

Just wondered if anyone one else is seeing more Spotted Flycatcher this year?
I am not sure if it's a case of the places I have managed to actually visit during the current restrictions are just more Spotted Flycatcher "friendly" or that this year there are just more around? Basically I have been restricted to birding in North Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent area rather than going further afield.

Tim
 

KenM

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Hi

Just wondered if anyone one else is seeing more Spotted Flycatcher this year?
I am not sure if it's a case of the places I have managed to actually visit during the current restrictions are just more Spotted Flycatcher "friendly" or that this year there are just more around? Basically I have been restricted to birding in North Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent area rather than going further afield.

Tim

I’ve seen none despite looking when out, but then the SEast is currently not a good place for them unlike yesteryear. :-C
 

MJB

Well-known member
Hi

Just wondered if anyone one else is seeing more Spotted Flycatcher this year?
I am not sure if it's a case of the places I have managed to actually visit during the current restrictions are just more Spotted Flycatcher "friendly" or that this year there are just more around? Basically I have been restricted to birding in North Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent area rather than going further afield. Tim

None of the expected locations within 8 km of my house are occupied, it seems, this year. Maybe they've just moved away a little bit?
MJB
 

aeshna5

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Certainly none here- bit like Ken but other side of the metropolis. I more usually connect with them August-September here.
 

pratincol

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A local birdwatcher reported 9 inseveral separate territories yesterday.
I always check up a nearby location where a pair return year after year. They're back again for another season.
All the above are in upland areas.
Before moving, I spent years counting them on a nearby limestone escarpment which also houses a large woodland, as they returned south.
They were as regular as clockwork over the years often stopping off in exactly the same locations.
Most years I'd count between 40 and 45 in late August to September. The record for one day was a remarkable 13.
 
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KenM

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They were as regular as clockwork over the years often stopping off in exactly the same locations.
Most years I'd count between 40 and 45 in late August to September. The record for one day was a remarkable 13.

During the early ‘70’s I can recall circa 20+ on Chingford Plain, NEast London, Epping Forest on a single day Aug/Sep....last year I didn’t see one!

Oddly enough though I imaged a single bird in my neighbours garden along with a Pied Fly! needless to say a rare event!

Cheers
 

Britseye

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During the early ‘70’s I can recall circa 20+ on Chingford Plain, NEast London, Epping Forest on a single day Aug/Sep....last year I didn’t see one!

Oddly enough though I imaged a single bird in my neighbours garden along with a Pied Fly! needless to say a rare event!

Cheers

Either it's time I stopped putting off getting some spectacles or my computer screen needs a good clean. My first glance at your post read: "During the early '70s I can recall orca 20+ on Chingford Plain, NEast London." :eek!:
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Either it's time I stopped putting off getting some spectacles or my computer screen needs a good clean. My first glance at your post read: "During the early '70s I can recall orca 20+ on Chingford Plain, NEast London." :eek!:

They had some very high tides in the ‘70s don’t forget;)
 

KenM

Well-known member
Either it's time I stopped putting off getting some spectacles or my computer screen needs a good clean. My first glance at your post read: "During the early '70s I can recall orca 20+ on Chingford Plain, NEast London." :eek!:

I’d get those new specs ASAP Graham! lest you start “stringing”. ;)

They had some very high tides in the ‘70s don’t forget;)

Quite right Richard!...almost adjacent too (orca a mile) is a local beauty spot called...High Beech! ;)
 

YuShan

hikingbirdman.com
United Kingdom
I have seen many Spotted Flycatchers this spring, more than other years, but I'm not sure if that is because there are many now of because I have been staying close to home this year because of lockdown.
 

Gronk08

Well-known member
Thanks for all of the replies I was just trying to get an understanding of the situation, it does possibly appear to be a lock down issue and just that I am squeezing every last drop out of the different local areas this year. I have visited some locations that I may have visited 3 - 4 times in a year at least 10 times so increasing my chances of seeing most species a location may offer.

Cheers

Tim.
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
None for me this year yet (no access to breeding areas with virus travel restrictions), but expect them on my local patch on post-breeding dispersal from about mid August on :t:
 
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