Seen occasionally on migration in Dorset, unlikely that they breed here
Sadly, I think, the pied flycatcher is not a Dorset breeding species. All pied flycatchers seen here are just passing through on their way further north, probably in to the mature woodlands of western England, Wales and Scotland. They are not uncommon in these westerly and northern regions and so a fair number naturally pass this way both on their way to breed in spring and then on their way back south to Africa for our winter.
Inward migration is compressed in to a six week period that appears to start in week 14 in mid April and continues until week 19 in May. Outward migration is spread over a much longer period from week 29 towards the end of July with birds then being seen regularly but in small numbers until week 41 at the beginning of October. August would seem to be the month when the largest numbers go their long journey south.
Thirty sites in Dorset have reported pied flycatcher and the distribution map shows a definite leaning towards coastal sites, especially Portland. This is quite typical of such migrating species, it is their first landfall after crossing the Channel where they drop down briefly to feed and then in autumn they take in food here prior to flying back out to sea and on to France and Spain before crossing into Africa.
Adding pied flycatcher to your Dorset list is probably going to be down to a bit of luck at being in the right place at the right time.
|Common Name||Pied Flycatcher|
|Scientific Name||Ficedula hypoleuca|
|Species Group||Birds Flycatchers and Larks|
The distinctive pied markings of the male
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