Mill Stream Nightingale

This has been a good year for nightingales

The oaks are part of the historical boundary of Rushmere St Andrew

but I was still surprised to hear one so close to the town, in an area very disturbed by dog-walkers.

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Nightingale on the heath

My bike ride to work takes me past open fields and for a short stretch over some sandy heathland. I was surprised to hear a nightingale in the distance – I had to stop and listen to the lovely sound

this was recorded using an omni MP3 recorder so it’s not a fantastic species recording, but it captures the moment for me 🙂 The singing males have come all the way from Africa, and they have scouted their territories. They are hoping to call the females down from the sky as they arrive a couple of weeks later. It feels surprisingly early to hear nightingale song at the moment.