Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Spotted Flycatcher, Loch of Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland, July 2002 - click for larger image The Spotted Flycatcher is the commonest flycatcher in Europe where it is widespread being found almost everywhere during the summer. It is also found in western Asia down to the western Himalayas.

It is only absent from areas lacking in trees and bushes and within dense forest.

Spotted Flycatcher, County Carlow, Ireland, July 2002 - click for larger image It requires clearings and open areas with suitable perches from which it sallies forth to catch flying insects. The 2nd and 3rd photos show Spotted Flycatchers returning with food to a nest which was constructed amongst the ivy growing on a tree trunk. Since these photos were taken in July, this was probably the second brood of the year.
Spotted Flycatcher, County Carlow, Ireland, July 2002 - click for larger image The Spotted Flycatcher is a long-distance migrant and spends the summer in sub-Saharan Africa. They arrive in Europe from mid-April and are amongst the latest migrants to arrive. They start their journey south in August with birds from Britain, Ireland and western Europe passing through France and Spain while those from Scandinavia and central Europe head south through Italy and Greece.

It has a long tail and wings with dark streaking on its breast, side of throat and forehead. Its dark eye is surrounded by an indistinct palish eye-ring.

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