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Spotted Fly-Catcher

Description


We were very pleased to have a breeding pair in our garden last year. They made a nest in the ivy near the potting shed, and fed off the flies from the plants and flowers in that area. Mainly grass, and ground cover greenery, but a honeysuckle grows up the side of the potting shed door, as well as a rose or two around the walls.

The area is a little damp and dark, and has a lot of Crocosmia growing, so there are plenty of flies in the summer. It was wonderful to watch them perch in the honeysuckle and launch to catch the flies, then feed the young. The visitors had four fledglings, and they all survived. We live in hope for a return visit of this rare bird this next year.
 

Quick Facts


Number in Britain
110,000 (and depleting each year)

Conservation Status UK
Red

Status in UK
Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor

Length
14 cm

Wingspan
24cm

Weight
17g

Habitat
Open woodland, gardens

First Record
1666

Egg Size
19x14 mm

Egg Weight
1.9 g

Clutch Size
4-5 eggs

Incubation
13-15 days

Fledging
13-16 days

Number of broods
2

First clutches laid
Early June

Age at First Breeding
1 year

Typical Lifespan
2 years

Maximum Recorded Age
7 years, 0 months


 

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