Although not particularly remarkable looking, spotted flycatchers are one of the most elegant birds to populate the woodlands.
They are slim and understated, with grey brown backs and whitish undersides. Where the two colours meet, they are slightly streaky, which gives them that spotted look.
The best way to spot a spotty is by its behaviour. In their hunt for flies, they perch upright on prominent points such as twigs or posts and flit out to snap up passing insects, returning to the same perch as soon as they have dinner in their grasp.
Woodlands are their favourite breeding habitat, which makes the Falls of Clyde a bit of a hot spot for them. They can be seen all over the reserve, but are quite unobtrusive, so can be difficult to find. The one in this photo has taken to using a perch near the peregrine watch site, so that might be a good place to start.
Bye for now,
Rhian – Seasonal Ranger