Wednesday 7 April 2021


Woodlarks have got to be one of the best singers going. Mostly delivered airborne or from a lofty branch, they sometimes sing from the ground, or low perch, particularly if caught out by an intruding male from an adjacent territory. I had been watching a pair feeding in the grassy interface between woodland and heath when this happened; the male immediately jumped on to a nearby dead branch and started to sing a cascade of pure heavenly notes, before catapulting skywards to see off the interloper. Despite setbacks in hard winters, Woodlarks are doing well in the UK, with increases in range and numbers, though there have been losses in some parts of their range too. 

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