Whitethroat

whitethroatSkomer has finally been taken over by warblers, spring took its time getting here but it is making up for it now.  On my daily commute over the ridge to the auk colonies I pass through quite a bit of Red Campion and Bluebells with some scrubby patches too.  They’re invariably full of Sedge Warblers, Wrens, Meadow Pipits and Whitethoats.  And as with most things on these islands, they let you get much closer than you normally would on the mainland- so every now and then I take my time and I take my camera!

I didn’t see many today as we’re still amid some pretty brisk northerly winds, keeping most birds hunkered down in the undergrowth… But earlier in the week we had some lovely calm evenings when I snapped a few shots like the Whitethroat above.  These birds are quite small and flit about catching small insects to eat.  They can even sing some quite delicate songs but regularly break it up with loud, jarring sounds usually described as “Chur-rrrrrr-ing”.

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