Spotted Flycatcher – first and last dates

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Earlier records are summarised in Spotted Flycatcher 1994

YearFirst arrivalLast date recorded
19931 May11 October
199426 April8 October
19953 May16 October
199628 April12 October
199724 March2 October
199829 April3 October
199912 April20 September
200026 April1 October
20012 May23 October
20023 May27 September
200328 April30 September
20041 May30 October
200529 April28 September
200626 April30 September
20072 May23 September
20086 May5 October
20095 May5 October
201029 April10 November
201120 April8 October
201226 April9 September
201315 May6 October
20148 May5 October
201522 April3 October
201630 April10 September
201729 April10 October
201830 April1 October
20193 May7 October
20203 May23 September

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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Spotted Flycatcher – 2003-07 breeding

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed8766
Breeding probable61107
Breeding possible7635
No of tetrads occupied224 (of 478)208 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads46.9%42.5%

This is a species that has been declining in the UK since at least the 1960’s. The BBS calculated a decrease in excess of 50% by 2007. The Pembrokeshire survey of 1984-88 estimated a total of 900 pairs breeding in the county, based on an average of four pairs per occupied tetrad. The 2003-07 survey found there had only been a contraction of 7% in distribution. The Pembrokeshire BAP Breeding Bird Survey of 2003 found numbers were still high in old woodland, albeit the survey scope was small. It would seem that Spotted Flycatcher numbers in the county may have decreased to a lesser degree than the 37% calculated by the BBS for the UK as a whole between 1995 and 2006. Applying the BBS value to the 2003-07 distribution for Pembrokeshire suggests that about 500 pairs were breeding during the 2003-07 survey.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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Spotted Flycatcher – 1994

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

1984-88
Breeding confirmed87
Breeding probable61
Breeding possible76
No of tetrads occupied224 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads46.9%

A common but not abundant summer visitor to Mathew (1894); Lockley et al. (1949) also noted it as a numerous passage migrant to the islands.

Today it is a widespread breeder in Pembroke­shire, principally found in wooded areas but also in orchards and gardens and on some islands (see map). At an estimated average density of four pairs per tetrad, a total county breeding population of about 900 pairs can be calculated.

The first Spotted Flycatchers usually arrive in Pembrokeshire during the last week of April or early May. Occasionally they are noted from 19 April onwards, and one was at Skomer from 26 to 30 March 1984. Passage continues through to early June, sometimes to the end of the month, with occasional falls such as the 150 birds seen at Ramsey on 13 May 1967.

They pass through again from about mid-July to early October, with stragglers sometimes recorded until 23 October, but up to three were noted at Skomer between the 1 and 14 November 1977. Falls also occur on autumn passage, such as the 40 birds seen at Skokholm on 14 August 1964.

Ringing recoveries have shown that Continental birds, from Germany, pass through in autumn and migrants of unknown origin ringed locally at that season have reached Nigeria by October.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February

Spotted Flycatcher – 2003-07 breeding

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 87 66 Breeding probable 61 107 Breeding possible 76 35 No of tetrads occupied 224 (of 478) 208 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 46.9% 42.5% This is a species […]

Spotted Flycatcher – 1994

Muscicapa striata – GWYBEDOG MANNOG – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded from December to February 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 87 Breeding probable 61 Breeding possible 76 No of tetrads occupied 224 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 46.9% A common but not abundant summer visitor to Mathew (1894); Lockley et al. (1949) also noted it as […]

Spotted Flycatcher – 1894

Muscicapa grisola A common summer visitor. This little bird was very numerous around us at Stone Hall, where one summer we detected six or seven of its nests close to our house. Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands More about the Spotted Flycatcher in Pembrokeshire