I must have watched Restless Flycatchers hundreds of times, yet this one seen hunting yesterday near the Newstead Cemetery really set me thinking.
It was working its way along the fence line, stopping regularly for up to a minute, its harsh insect-like ‘scissor-grinding’ call uttered incessantly along the way. Occasionally the bird would hover in typical fashion, alighting a number of times to snatch an insect from near or on the ground. What struck me was that its call seemed to be directed towards the source of its prey – could it be that the flycatcher was actually tempting insects with some form of crude mimicry?
I’d be interested in any thoughts on the matter.