Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Well its certainly a flycatcher....

Last Tuesday afternoon saw me preparing for the drive to Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire to twitch the presumed Atlas Flycatcher. A species I didn't know even existed until it was mentioned to me the previous day. 1st year birds aren't really identifiable in the field and so feathers were obtained when the bird was caught and ringed. Some discussion ensued as to whether or not the birds feathers were taken or whether the feathers just fell out naturally, anyway put that to one side; it was an interesting bird. Stunning looking bird and it will be interesting to see if the DNA results confirm the bird to be an Atlas Flycatcher or something else, probability states it is likely to be an Atlas, but I wait with anticipation of the DNA results. If it is an Atlas Flycatcher its'a first for Britain. 

(Atlas Flycatcher - Andrew Kinghorn)

Until next time, Foghorn out!

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