Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Return of the Nightingale?

After a few weeks away in Asia i'm back in the Wsetcountry for the summer, and spent most of this Bank Holiday weekend out and about on the Avalon Marshes. It's one of the best times of year to visit, with the lush vegetation filled with a constant cacophony of warbler song and frog orchestras,  resident Bitterns, Egrets, Marsh Harriers etc. flying left, right and centre and the first Dragon and Damselflies emerging into the talons of swooping Hobbies. Having ben away I was happy to just soak up the atmosphere, so the photographic selection is a bit weak, mostly coming from early morning visits lacking rather in light.

The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly a Nightingale singing at Ham Wall RSPB, apparently it has been present a little while. I remember hearing these birds at the Ashcott Corner car park one evening after school in the late '90s, but haven't had one on the Avalon Marshes since then, so it was a delight to see a return of the species. Hopefully they can re-establish and their wonderful rich, fluid song will once again be part of our Spring soundscape.

Nightingale, singing from a typically dense bush
One of the grassland managers on Shapwick Moor

Great White Egret
Roe Deer buck in the reeds
Singing Whitethroat

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