End of June

The last week in May saw the four young tawnies fledged and right on time the arrival of the spotted flycatchers from Africa.

During the daylight hours in June I would hear gentle calls from the adults as they brought food for the young who were sculking in the trees. From time to time, as they caught sight of the young tawnies, there were cries of alarm from the many blackbirds breeding in the garden.

The adult spotted flycatchers now have three new additions, the young left the nest in the early hours of 28th June. They will now need to feed up in preparation for the journey back to Africa. It is always a brief visit from them – the adults arrive towards the end of May and by September they will be on their way home. Despite their small size they will cross the vast Sahara Desert, to spend the winter in the forests of West Africa.