May 14th   Leave a comment

The whitethroat is back at the Brandyburn. There was a male singing there at lunchtime. They have a pleasant but scratchy warble and occasionally launch themselves for a short song flight, up and then down with a bouncing flight. The bird today was song flighting away, clearly happy to be back in Crail and probably thrilled to discover that despite the lateness of its arrival that it is actually one of the first birds back this year. It may well be the same one that has been there for the last 3 or 4 years. I should probably stick a colour-ring on this bird to be sure.  Most small migrant birds don’t make it past their first birthday, but if they do they can live for several years. And they will pretty much always come back to the same bush, or tree or meadow, whether it’s in Africa or Scotland, each year of their life.

Male whitethroat

Male whitethroat

Posted May 14, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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