GREAT CRESTED GREBE BA­BIES

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Great Crested Grebes are ubiq­ui­tous res­i­dent birds across Eng­land and Wales, much of Ire­land and south­ern Scot­land (also breed­ing in north-west Scot­land). Their young­sters are among the most de­light­ful of any Bri­tish bird, hav­ing black-and-white stripy heads like lit­tle swim­ming hum­bugs. This month is a good time to look out for them, though their squeaky beg­ging calls will prob­a­bly grab your at­ten­tion first. SPOT­TED FLY­CATCHER

One of the lat­est ar­riv­ing sum­mer mi­grants, the in­creas­ingly scarce Spot­ted Fly­catcher will have been in the breed­ing swing for the last month or more, ben­e­fit­ing from the glut of mid­sum­mer fly­ing in­sects. Though hardly the most brightly coloured birds (the adults are not even spot­ted), they have an el­e­gance and grace that lifts them, es­pe­cially when per­form­ing aerial sal­lies and snap­ping up fly­ing in­sects, be­fore re­turn­ing to the orig­i­nal perch. Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers are birds of ma­ture, open wood­lands and ma­ture gar­dens, as well as ceme­ter­ies.

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