Spotted Flycatcher - Maer Valley
This Spotted Flycatcher was found earlier in the day by Rupert. It was in the lovely little sheltered spot around where the footpath crosses the stream in Maer Valley - just outside the Orcombe patch. When I arrived Terry had already located it. It was feeding quietly at the back of a small stand of willows. It's a relatively early one but Spotted Flycatcher is an expected spring and autumn passage migrant on Orcombe. We've done quite well for them the last few years.
Earlier Nick and I had done a quick circuit of Orcombe but it was really quiet. I popped up there again late morning. It was a bit warmer and there were a few more common migrants around. Totals over the two trips included 4+ Whitethroat, 10 Whimbrel, 5+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Tern, c15+ Sandwich Tern, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear and 3+ Willow Warbler.
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