Saturday, 28 April 2012

Singing in the Rain.


My attempt to complete a patch walk late am today was again thwarted by two heavy downpours. The under foot conditions were already fairly waterlogged after the last few days showers and the water levels are still rising ... but it's OK if you are a duck or goose! 

What does always surprise me is the volume of bird song especially when it is raining although I guess they still need to proclaim their territorial rights regardless of the conditions. Most notable, of course, were the Blackbirds and Robins (they appear to sing at any time of day and at every opportunity). As I tried to gain some relief from the sparse leafy canopy during one of the heaviest showers I was serenaded by Wren, Linnet, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler  and a probable Garden Warbler. The chorus died down as a male Sparrowhawk dropped into a nearby tree for a few seconds rest. A pair of Bullfinches also made a brief but silent appearance.

As the rain abated a Common Whitethroat put in an appearance and after flitting from one tangled clump of vegetation to another it finally decided it was time to add its short scratchy voice to the existing chorus.


I hope the weather is kind wherever you are this weekend ... enjoy your wildlife watching. FAB.

27 comments:

  1. such a cute little singing puffball! :)

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  2. Terrific images! We've received about a half inch of rain here too. Things are pretty soggy, but it was really dry here, so it was welcome.

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  3. Love that warbler singing his happy tune. Have a good weekend Frank. Carol

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  4. I could almost hear audio on your post. :)

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  5. Love how you captured that Whitethroat singing his heart out!

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  6. I love wildlife watching, that's what everyone needs. Your captures of the Whitethroat is beautiful.

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  7. Hi!!!..here is it raining...:-) and also birds singing.. Great pictures.. Saludos..

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  8. It looks like a very lovely walk, despite the rains Frank~

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  9. Still waiting for my first Whitethroat's Frank.
    Lovely captures in full song.

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  10. Lovely images of the songster Frank.

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  11. You singing Frank, I don't think we are quite ready for that.{:)

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  12. Wonderful images Frank, despite all the rain we've had!

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  13. lovely shots Frank, regardless of the dismal conditions you still got a great post out of it

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  14. From katypate, how do you do it Frank, your photos are wonderful, I'm trying to get pics of my blue tits without much luck, they are so fast! Have taken peanuts away, to deter the jays who seem much too interested in the tit box. Still hoping to hear those nightingales. Kate

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  15. Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the lovely comments.

    The rain finally abated today and the sun shone but according to the forecast we are due for more rain!

    Hope to catch up with you all very soon ... Cheers FAB.

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  16. I'm sort of in the same thing!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  17. I do hope the forecast is wrong and that you do get some great weather for birding. Meanwhile, I very much enjoyed your photos of the Common Whitethroat.

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  18. What a cute bedraggled little bird.

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  19. Beautiful captures of the little bird singing!

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  20. Sounds like a great outing even with the rain and hawk showing up. Love the cute shots of the Whitethroat. I hope you weather has improved. Happy Birding!

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  21. Great photos and an interesting observation about the birds singing in the rain. I have also observed that they sing more when there is light rain - a different matter of course with the real tropical downpours. I think everything takes cover then!

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  22. ouch, thats wet. Not fun, but the singing birds might have been worth it.

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  23. Such a cute little singing Whitethroat!

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  24. Love that last shot but I'm sorry about your wet feet.

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  25. It always surprises me when I hear birds singing in the pouring rain.

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