"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 8 July 2011

Looking for Spotted Flycatchers

Reading various blogs recently, it would seem that spotted flycatchers can often be seen in churchyards. I did have a look about a month ago at the churchyard near Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens without success.

Yesterday I tried a church in a more rural location

where the churchyard is surrounded on two sides by broadleafed woodland.

There were some nice stone faces on the side of the church

but not a spotted flycatcher to be seen!

In fact, during the hour I spent there the only bird I saw was a wood pigeon!

There were plenty of meadow browns and "whites" flying around and a toadstool as large as a teaplate - the wildlife highlights of my trip!


Pete said...

Churches are normally good for Spotted Flycatchers. Hanwell church on the Ox/Warwick borderis a place nearish to you i've seen them

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks for that tip Pete. If local searches fail I may have to consider travelling. There's a churchyard a bit further on that Brandon Marsh where they have been seen this year too.

We did have one once in the garden - passing through on migration - but I'd be very lucky if that happend again!