Record shot of recently fledged Spotted Flycatcher, Felbrigg Park
Yesterday afternoon I took a quick spin around the lake, dodging the showers. I was hoping to see the Mandarin, reported by Richard and Di on Friday, which, from the photo on the NENBC website, looks like a possible juvenile. Unfortunately there was no sign – the Coot was still present however, as was the female Gadwall. As I stood on the eastern edge scanning the lake I noticed movement in the Alders behind the reed bed. It turned out to be an adult Spotted Flycatcher. I continued to watch and eventually located a static juvenile and another adult. Later, along the path through the shelter-belt, I found another adult – suggesting two pairs, as in previous years. For the 15 minutes or so I was stood by the lake a Water Rail (possibly two) was occasionally squealing. Mid-summer records of this species are rare.