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May Medley


A Calendar of Haiku - May

Sedge Warbler Sing

Silent for most of the year, in late April or early May, for a few weeks boy can you hear them, as they sing all day and often into the night.

Inauspiciously buff-brown, Sedge Warbler (along with Swift) have got to be my bird of the month (May)

 sedge warbler climbing among flags sing incessantly 

Never singing the same song twice - and a great mimic, the male Sedge Warbler introduces random phrases into its repertoire - the song often including phrases snatched from other birds - Blackbird, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail and Great Tit.

Artist Credit

The featured image is of a limited edition print (16/500) of Sedge Warbler in Reedbed by Philip Rickman 1979.

The recording in this post is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto

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April 24, 2020 5:23 pm

What a wonderful outpouring! This bird is a painter with all the other birds in his song. Beautiful picture, too.

April 26, 2020 1:39 am

I love the song of the sedge warbler but as I am on complete lock-down I don’t think I will be able to hear it ‘live’ this year. I am grateful for your inclusion of it in this post and for the link to Xeno-canto.

April 28, 2020 7:01 pm

Yes, amazing range of notes for a tiny brownish bird. Your haiku really capture so many of the different birds.