I had half an hour or so to spare this morning on my way to see a client in Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland, so I decided to have a short walk up the valley of Langden Brook. Almost immediately I had a pair of Post Birds or Spotted Flycatchers to you and me. They were incredibly close and if I had had my camera with me I could have got some shots like the one below that I borrowed from the web!
I noticed that one of the birds was carrying food and the other bird was 'fly catching like mad' and completely ignoring me. I watched the first bird move off and located the nest with small young; so that was a nice bit of proof of breeding for the atlas.
I continued up the valley but I didn't get very far due to my time constraints. In my short walk I had 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests, Garden Warbler, Dipper and Lesser Redpoll. It was then time to turn back and see my client.
Driving back to the office at lunchtime along the Marshaw Road I flushed two Common Sandpipers from the side of the road, which I thought was unusual.
Bulgaria Day Eleven- back to Kamen Bryag - Back 'home' now at Kamen Bryag. Got five full days here now to do some work on the plot and also do some birding, mothing and botanising in the region. T...
3 hours ago