These were photographed on 16th May in one of our Upper Calder Valley oakwoods.
It’s not all that common in our area but now known in 3 or 4 cloughs, probably more if they are searched carefully, with ears ready for a slightly feeble repetitive little song.
Pied Flycatcher male
Same bird. He visited two boxes trying to get a female interested.
We saw him mate with her but it was so quick I didn’t get a picture. Females are brown and white.
They take readily to nestboxes. Taken with a compact Lumix DMC-TZ60
I saw my first Spotted Flycatchers of the year on the same day! First time I’ve got them both on the same day for a new season’s sightings.