Saturday, 23 July 2011

Spotted Flycatcher

The Spotted Flycatcher is a “red data” species, which means the population, has declined over 50% in the last 25 years; in fact, the decline is probably closer to 70%. Therefore, it is good news that a pair in the village has successfully fledged two young and there is possibly another pair in the parish breeding this year.

Also a report that requires verifying that Barn Owls have been seen in the parish. There used to be around three pairs about 10 years ago but have become very scarce. The only record I have from last year is one hunting over Cholsey Hill one evening last autumn.

A small colony of Green-flowered Helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes) has been found in the parish. Hardly the prettiest of Orchids but an interesting plant and becoming rare. (per TW)

A Common Darter dragonfly in the garden today.

                       Spotted Flycatcher © The Paranoid Birder

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