It says something about the state of this bird that you now have to `twitch` one in order to get it on your year list, but that is exactly what I did yesterday morning.
The Spotted Flycatcher is disappearing from our countryside at an alarming rate, so consequently after Brian Stone reported that he had seen one in the village of Elton on Saturday, I made the short journey to see this little bird for myself.
On arrival at the church yard in the village I could hear the bird `singing`, but couldn't manage to find where it was singing from. I then looked high in a tree and there, on a dead branch was my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, singing his heart out.
Always to far for a decent photo, but I managed a few passable shots, some of which are below.