BLACK­CAP V GAR­DEN WAR­BLER

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Song is a vi­tal part of birdwatching. And it is par­tic­u­larly use­ful when the birds singing are well hid­den and hard to see, prop­erly. One no­to­ri­ous pair are the Black­cap and the Gar­den War­bler. Both these grey­ish Sylvia war­blers should be singing by the end of this month. Some­times, you may see a singing Black­cap mov­ing around, but Gar­den War­blers can be par­tic­u­larly tricky birds to see when in song (be­ing shy and skulky). So, you are of­ten left with noth­ing but a lovely, fluty war­ble to go on. So, how do you tell the song of a Gar­den War­bler from that of a Black­cap? Here’s how, now start prac­tis­ing in the field.

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