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Warbler’s song in Summer rain

June 3, 2012

In a gentle but persistent summer rain, a Garden Warbler sings from the cover of the upper branches of a tall Birch tree. Spirit resilient, it’s territorial claim continues. In early June the birds’ need for display and defence of territory overcomes the impact of weather. The song, short phrased, fluting and slightly plaintive is subtly different from its near-relative, the Blackcap. The Blackcap, to my ears, produces a song of similar duration but seems to add a clear final phrase each time. This aids recognition. Although it is never easy to achieve any match in words, the ending phrase goes something like “sooey sooey sooey soo” and follows whatever complex warbling the bird conjures up beforehand.

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