My plans for the morning had altered and I headed to Croft. It took us quite a while to relocate it, but the time was well spent as we also found a family of Spotted Flycatchers.
|'Female Type' Pied Flycatcher Croft Hill|
|Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, Croft Hill|
Croft Hill is one of the best sites to find Pied Flycatchers in Leicestershire. Pied Flickers are scarce migrants in the county. Below are the most recent records from the site:
2004: a male on April 24th (CDB, ABa).
2008: a male on April 18th (DT), plus two females/immatures during September: one from 8th to 10th (NWH et al) and another on the 27th (ABa, CDB).
2012: a female/immature on September 2nd (ABa).
2015: single females/immatures on August 7th (CDB, ABa, RBa) and August 16th (CDB, ABa).
2016: a single female/immature on August 21st (CDB, ABa, DT).
2017: a single female/immature on July 30th (ABa, CDB)