The strange birdsong we heard a few nights ago is back … so we got a recording. Its a haunting churring sound that is difficult to locate, and almost hurts the ears as you get closer.
We are 99% certain its a Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia), a summer visitor and a rare Red List species.
Click here to play our recording of the Warbler singing in a hedge at dusk
Links about the Grasshopper Warbler:
Really exciting to hear a warbling that could be a male Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) churring right now a couple of fields to the side of our house.
Its the first we’ve heard one so close, and the last was many years ago by Keepers cottage.
If it returns will try to get a recording …
Our House Martins returned to their mud nest under our eves today. Nice to hear the sounds of their chirping again.
Will try to get photos soon.