Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), The Lodge RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire, 14/06/2011. My first sighting of this species. I had been trying to see one of these for a few weeks and decided to head up to Sandy to where a pair had used a nest box, on the side of the gatehouse. For 2 hours, all I had were brief views, with one bird on eggs, with its little head peaking out of the nest box, and the other infrequently darting in/out with food. Finally, the bird on the eggs came out to do what it does best....catching flies. It would flutter up vertically, catch a fly and flutter back down as if dancing. What a sight and what fun. At one point, it fluttered down to within about a metre of my feet to catch its prey. It's wonderful to be around birds that don't mind humans.