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Anything’s Possible

As we walked inland of the Norfolk coast on a tour a week or so ago the air was filled with the rich song of Nightingales. It was hot and it was just after lunch. We followed the sound through a gate and along a footpath. We stood, waited and listened. There were two birds. One behind us and one within the gorse in front. We were delighted with the music. It was wonderful.

What happened next threw me a little. Perhaps because we were between two competing males the one in front of us uncharacteristically erupted from the bush it was in and sat atop it for a good ten minutes.

Now, look in any bird book at the page for Nightingale and words such as crepuscular, secretive and nocturnal get a good airing. I’ve seen Nightingales singing from bush tops before; not often, but I have seen them do it. But never, … never, in full sun at 1 ’o’clock in the afternoon for a full 10 minutes.

Anything’s possible.

Nightingale




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