One of the Sylvia species that arrives in the UK from tropical Africa in late April is the Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin). A fairly nondescript and featureless bird that falls into the 'LBJ' category (that's little brown job in birding parlance!) Basically described as an olive brown-grey, plump warbler with no obvious markings apart from its thick, stubby bill and a diffuse pale ring around a dark eye.
Whilst it's appearance is nothing to shout about its song is a different story; comprising of 3-8 second rapid verses that do not form a clear melody but shuttle up and down. Some say it sounds like a rippling brook.Click here for the link to its song.
Despite its name it is not really a garden bird unless you are fortunate to have a very mature garden right next to deciduous or mixed woodland. From memory this is the first time I have obtained any images of this delightful songster and it was one of the first birds to capture my attention during my local patch walk yesterday after returning from a holiday in Italy.
This individual constantly toured a number of high song posts so it was just a matter of picking out a likely spot and waiting for it to reappear. Success rewarded by patience.
Linking to Nature Notes and Wild Bird Wednesday.