Chats & Flycatchers

The Robin is without doubt the most common species of this group, and they can be seen all over the Gainsborough area at any time of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever walked through Mercer Wood without seeing at least one Robin, and they are very common also along the whole length of the Riverside, in Castle Hill Wood, Morton Cemetery, Gainsborough Cemetery, Richmond Park, the Levellings, outside the Parish Church and the Old Hall, Whitton’s Gardens, practically anywhere really. I have even seen a Robin or heard one singing in the Market Place, around the Bus Station, and in Marshalls Yard.

Robins breed in Mercer Wood, and recently (on May 19th 2018) I saw three baby Robins hopping along the main path through the wood, with both parents keeping a watchful eye on them from nearby.

There are photos of Robins in Mercers Wood in our gallery.

 Robin (picture from Wikipedia)



I have one record for a Stonechat in the Gainsborough area. On March 7th 2013 there was a male in the overgrown field at the Morton end of the Riverside path. The Trent Valley is a natural avenue for migrating birds, and green spaces like this are important stopping off places for new arrivals before they move on.

  male Stonechat (picture from Wikipedia)



I have one record for a Wheatear in the Gainsborough area. In May 2012 (exact date unknown) there was a male on the riverside between Morton and Walkerith.

 male Wheatear (picture from Wikipedia)



Spotted Flycatchers are now very scarce, and I haven’t seen one anywhere for a very long time. The last one I saw was catching insects on North Warren Road in Gainsborough, but that was well over a decade ago.

 Spotted Flycatcher (picture from Wikipedia)