SOUNDS OF NATURE – Willow Warblers galore

May 24th 2021

Sounds of Nature Project

This Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage

SOUNDS OF NATURE – Willow Warblers galore

The Field Club’s Sounds of Nature Project was inspired by a chance encounter in May 2019 between two Assynt Field Club members and Clive Davis who was holidaying in Assynt. Clive, who is a member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society, was making sound recordings of birds, etc. in the area.

The mental health benefits of listening to bird song and other sounds of nature have been well reported.  Our website is by necessity very visual, both with regards to images and words. The main aim of our project therefore is to make the site, and hence Assynt’s wildlife, more accessible and meaningful for those with a visual impairment.

More information about the project along with links to other recordings can be found on the website’s Sounds of Nature Project page

SOUNDS OF NATURE – Willow Warblers galore (David Haines, May 2021)

From early-mid April returning Willow Warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus) start to sing throughout Assynt and by early May they can be heard in virtually every corner of the parish.

Willow Warblers are ground nesting birds but they don’t hide away when singing. Sit near a wooded area with several birds holding territory and your head will be full of their song for the rest of the day.

Of course they don’t have it all to themselves, and this four minute recording made between Culkein Drumbeg and Oldany has at least seven species of birds either singing or calling. There are Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Lesser Redpoll, a gull species, Chaffinch and a party of Long-tailed Tits. The latter almost sat on the microphones which is why you can hear their wings rapidly beating as they moved through the willow and birch trees.

A few bumblebees did the occasional fly-past too.

All photographs by D.Haines

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