Female type Collared Flycatchers are always a challenge and whilst viewing this bird the apparent ID swayed between Collared and Pied however there are enough images to show the features that would eliminate Pied. The white patch at the base of the primaries is large and reaches the outer edge of the outer feather and extends further down the wing the tip of the longest primary covert. The over all cold tones of the bird show a paler and evener colder greyish/white half collar and rump patch.

The bird ranged from near the school to Field along fences and was difficult to approach

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Collared Flycatcher - School and Field, Fair Isle 23rd May 2016
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