Saturday 29 April 2017

Up early for the Nightingales

Today saw us meet at 04:30am for our Nightingale tour.

Getting on site before the light came up so that we were in place ready for the show.

We would not be disappointed as we could hear a least 4 Nightingales singing around us, with a little more light appearing we found a silhouette of a bird in the tree just in front of us and we watched it for the next ten minutes as it belted out its song a truly amazing sound.

We moved on to another point and soon found another Nightingale again sat out in the open at the top of a small tree giving some fantastic views as it sang.

Moving around the site bird song was being heard everywhere with Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, along with supporting cast of Robin, Wren, Dunnock, and Song Thrush. We also managed to find a flyover Kingfisher.

Next bird to give away its presence was a Cuckoo calling from a distant tree, and after a short time we saw him flying over always great to see the Cuckoo around.

Moving on further into the scrubby area we found a couple of Linnets carrying nesting material and a couple of Reed Buntings chasing each other around.

With the light know fully up we decided to do another circuit around the area and in total we heard at least 5 Nightingales along with 2 Cuckoo and several warblers all still in full song.

What a great 4 hours we had, which goes to show if you can get out early you will be rewarded with some fantastic wildlife displays.

With the show over we retired to the local fishermans cafe for a well earned cup of tea and a bacon roll. DT

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