Sixteen of us met in Salcey forest this Tuesday and spent the evening concentrating on brushing up our birdsong ID skills. Martin Kincaid and Peter Garner were our experts and we had a great evening strolling along the rides listening to the evening chorus.
The thrush family were in full voice with mistle and song thrushes and blackbirds singing beautifully. As were the warblers with numerous chiffchaff, willow warblers, garden warblers and blackcaps warbling away in the undergrowth! But the highlights of the evening were a grasshopper warbler in full song in an area of scrubby willow, a male cuckoo calling and flying around and a female heard very briefly, and a group of about four ravens that we disturbed in an area of conifers.
We went home happy, having all learnt a bit more thanks to Peter and Martin.
Use this link if like to learn about grasshopper warblers and hear their song.