29th April 2017…

Whitethroats and Blackcaps– both birds of scrubland, which is so under threat in many areas, Whitethroats sing their scratchy song in just such bramble, bush and Gorse tops as this one was yesterday. A scratchy song unlike the beautiful male

Whitethroat

Blackcap

Blackcap, singing from a Blackthorn bush. Both migrate here in spring though some Blackcaps are overwintering nowadays. Conditions: Cool breeze, cloud, sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 12- Min  5

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2nd August 2015

Whitethroats come over to the UK from the Southern Sahara, in April. This is a female- the males are similar but with a grey head. This one was perching on a fence and a bush as I walked this morning. Unlike the smaller and shyer Lesser Whitethroat these warblers are quite bold and have a habit of coming out to see what you are up to as this one did as I sat on the track watching a juvenile Robin. They have a scratchy, loud call which the books say sounds as though they are annoyed! I love these bird song descriptions! The population is very slowly recovering after a huge drop in the winter of 1968/9, when there were severe droughts in South Sahara. Conditions: A very hot and mostly sunny day in the south. Temperature: Max 23- Min 16c.

A female Whitethroat this morning

A female Whitethroat this morning

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Female Whitethroat

Female Whitethroat