In Greek mythology Atlas supported the heavens… in modern birding DNA might just support the claims of this bird to be Britain’s first Atlas Flycatcher.
Thanks to Colin Green for the photo.
On Sunday the bird took some finding but when we did see it – wow! What a stunner. Velvet black and Daz white… sadly a few brownish retained juvenile feathers but let’s not linger on that. Opinion seems divided on this and I don’t profess to be any expert but if it’s not Atlas then Iberian Pied Fly is the only credible solution.
After messing about on the ‘whale bone’ bridge at the South Landing at Flamborough, Colin, Dave and myself headed off to Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve. With most of Yorkshire seemingly having the same idea I wasn’t hopeful but the cliffs seem to eat people up so space wasn’t a problem. Among the seabirds most punters wanted a Puffin and so did I. There seemed to be more about this year and I got my scope up on a pair… shame the RSPB couldn’t but I was happy to let families have a look and hopefully get some good PR for birders.
Behind the visitor centre is a cracking feeding station – just the sort of place to practice with my new digiscoping set up, a Kowa 883 with a 20-60xWW and the Nikon Coolpix P310. I remain impressed! Plenty of Tree Sparrow and finches including a cracking but elusive male Brambling.