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I thought spotted flycatcher but not confident enough to give an id
It IS a spotted flycatcher. Nothing in the picture would suggest whitethroat.
It's not a Whitethroat because the eye is dark, rather than a rich orange-chestnut, the upperparts are earth-brown instead of grey head & chestnut back, the tail is fairly short and brownish, rather than quite long and with a white outer edge and there's a hint of streaking on the flanks.
Structure and posture should take you well away from a warbler, particularly as there's a series of photos which all show a similar rather upright stance.
It's a Spotted Flycatcher for the reasons listed above!
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Thanks for the ID - really pleased to have a spotted flycatcher land in our hedge! Will watch out for its return.
If you are quite new to birds, the white throat does stand out in the first picture and I can see why Whitethroat might seem possible.
Only adult Whitethroats have the orangey eye, younger birds (including first summer birds) have darker eyes. Otherwise, it is a Flycatcher for the reasons given by jerebarker. Once you know the species, the upright stance, tail flicking and circular flights returning to the same perch are quite distinctive. It takes a while to get used to the jizz of birds, though.
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Good point Ian; should have mentioned that!
Lat/Lng: 56.0520369, -2.7138658
OS grid ref: NT556845