Friday, 29 April 2011

Pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca L.) Yarner Woods, Dartmoor

pied flycatcher; ♀ pied flycatcher at nest box

Yarner Wood detail; A view across the Bovey Valley Woodlands which follow the Sticklepath geological faultline.

Yarner Wood is part of the East Dartmoor NNR consisting of three adjacent sites: Yarner Wood, Trendlebere Down and Bovey Valley Woodlands. Yarner Wood and Bovey Valley Woodlands are comprised of the internationally rare Western oak woodland, and along with their rich diversity of flora and bryophytes they also support a breeding bird assemblage including pied flycatcher, redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) and lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor). The latter of which we failed to connect with on the day, despite receiving valuable and detailed instructions to a known territory, that was unexpectedly given to us atop Hay Tor, from another enthusiastic walker and birder earlier in the day.

Photographs of female pied flycatcher courtesy Alison Hogan

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