We had a great day visiting Bolton Abbey yesterday with target bird of Pied Flycatcher and maybe Redstart.
One of the first birds we saw was a Spotted Flycatcher on the fence of the Priory and catching insects. Not a bad start in the first few minutes and a first this year. We do have some locally at Hilla Green and I hope to try my luck.
We had a smashing walk along the west bank of the river and I got a quick glimpse of a Pied Flycatcher with insects in its bill before it flew off. It was the only one we saw all day, I thought we might see one or two on the return leg along the east side but alas no.
We did see at lease two more Spotted Fly's maybe three catching insects in trees right on the river bank.
The definite highlight though was female Goosander with it's brood of 11 (yes, eleven) chicks. Tiny dots that moved fastly and two got at one point on mum's back. I read that the Goosander lays 8 -11 eggs, so this seems almost the maximum number, a brilliant sight. I wonder how many will survive.
Higher up the river we saw another Goosander with three older youngsters.