Sunday, 24 April 2016


Saturday 23rd 2016, I was up at 5.30 am to get ready to go to what I think is a special place first thing in the morning hopefully to see a Nightingale . I first saw this species last year in roughly the same place so I had high hopes that we would see one again on the Birds of Poole Harbours monthly walk.
We all meet in the place car park were we watched Chiffchaff, Wren and Great Tit calling or singing.
Then headed off up the hill with more Chiffchaff singing and making contact calls, a Stonechat and Darford Warbler were spotted in some gorse on the side of the hill.
As we made our way further up the hill we encountered more Stonechat and Dartfords along with Yellowhammers and Whitethroats.
Female Yellowhammer

 We all stopped for a while and listened out  and searched for the Nightingale but he was rather quiet and kept well hidden from view in the dense scrub. Finally we made it to the top of the hill and went out across the top and it was cold with the North icy wind cutting right through you, despite this wind we found some cracking birds first of all we had some swallows swooping low over our heads and a fly past of a couple of House Martin, then the group leader Paul spotted a cracking male Whinchat sat a top of a small bush on the edge of some scrub on the side of the hill. Then was watched a female Wheatear for a while giving a good show as she feed among the short grass and gorse. And then another Male Whinchat sat a top of a small piece of gorse proudly showing off is spring dress in the sunshine. With that due to the fierce cold wind we made our way back to the path and shelter for the wind. Walking down the path again we saw Blackcap more Stonechat but not so many Whitethroats and Yellows. As we approached the area were the Nightingale might be we heard a small burst of song which turn in to a full song with the bird showing well and singing is little heart out. I manage to get a capture of him through the telescope and a recording of the song which I up loaded to xeno-canto.
Female Wheatear

Nightingale and Song

Corfe Castle

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