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A Nightingale Sings in Curry Rivel

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A Nightingale Sings in Curry Rivel

Thanks very much to David German who has written to tell us that he heard a nightingale singing near Eastfield.

It has apparently been several years since a nightingale sang in the area, but he is positive he also heard another singing at the bottom of his garden and has seen it in the top of the Blackthorn hedge at the eastern end of Eastfield.

We know that they are difficult to spot and this particular bird might move on but it is encouraging to know that they are in Curry Rivel again. Let's hope it finds a mate and more of us may hear it at night soon.

Did you know that?

  • Nightingales are so named because they frequently sing at night as well as during the day.
  • The name is derived from the Old English for "night songstress".
  • Its song is particularly noticeable at night because few other birds are singing.
  • Nightingales return to Britain from West Africa in mid-April to May and start leaving again in July.

Would you recognise a nightingale song?

The RSPB website hosts recordings of many native birdsong. Listen to a nightingale here

If we have any budding ornithologists or wildlife experts out there, we'd love to hear from you with tales (and photos) of interesting wildlife you've encountered around Curry Rivel.

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