Sunday 17 May 2015

Handsome Devils

Following some gen from Duncan Bye, finally managed to get Pied Flycatcher on my York area list. This species has become very scarce in recent years from a rather more occasional presence a couple of decades ago when the occasional pair bred in the north of the area and singing males were fairly regular. Today I was delighted to find three males around the lakes at Yearsley. Remarkably, a very vocal and dusky grey male was actually joined by a second, blacker male for a period. A little further away, another black male was singing away. Very handsome birds.

Also of note, a singing male Redstart near the Gilling entrance, a few Garden Warblers, a pair of Bullfinches and a couple of Nuthatches. No sign of any Wood Warblers in this traditional spot.

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