Friday, April 23, 2010

Call That a Warble?

There we were, sitting under a hedge in the afternoon sun on the Norfolk coast, listening to the dulcet tones of willow warblers and the like, when out of the bushes came a rasping sound that I can only like to a piece of machinery in the seconds prior to seizing up. It took a long time to locate the culprit, but it eventually revealed itself......
.......... and I think ( with a bit of help from Keith) that it's a  whitethroat ........
.... but then, if I was a bird with a voice like that I'd want to stay hidden too.
I feel on more secure ground with this one - a raucous jay that took exception to our presence in Holkham NNR (of which more later)


  1. Hmmmm, not sure about the warbler Phil. Could be a Lesser, but the alarm call of the Common Whitethroat does sound quite harsh.

    Good shot of the noisy Jay though.

  2. Thanks Keith, looking at the legs again I'm convinced you're right - they are brownish - it must be a whitethroat ........ unfortunately didn't get a photo from the back to show the brown on the wings which would have been helpful...

  3. I had a listen to the examples on British Garden Birds. The song seems nice enough but the alarm call seems to fit your description so I guess you were being told to keep your distance ;)

  4. I think you're right John, it must have been its alarm call - maybe I'm being a bit unfair about its musical prowess!


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