I posted earlier that I had spotted a Nightingale making a rare appearance out of thick cover (Read more…). Tonight the air was totally still, not even a gentle breeze so I setup my phone camera to record the amazing chorus we have around the Quinta. There was also a Fox calling in the distance, but unfortunately, you can’t really make it out.
I’m surrounded by Nightingales, all competing to be the loudest, they seem to sing all day and night with no sleep. You would think they would be easy to find and view, but although they are loud with their stunning song, they are great at hiding deep in the foliage of trees and bushes.
After sitting on the riverbank for a while a few days back, one did decide to almost expose itself and I grabbed a quick snap, as you can see, they are quite plain looking birds and their plumage doesn’t match their incredible song.
This morning I was down by the river and heard a grating noise that I’ve never heard before. I sat there for a while to try to get a glimpse of the birds making the noise. Eventually, one came out of the thick tree cover, it was Nightingales chattering to each other. I’ve heard their high pitched repetitive call and obviously the amazing song of the males, but never this chattering call. To me it sounds like a cross between a Frog and a muffled Crow.
I took a recording, you may have to turn up your volume to hear them in the background. You’ll have to listen through the noisy Zitting Cisticola flying around. You can also hear the Nightingale’s normal high-pitched call too.
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