The Whitethroat - Cameos of Birdlife #11
Walking up our lane this morning a Whitethroat sang from deep within summer drifts of hawthorn and cow parsley ...
A rather crackly recording by Ludwig Koch from 1936.
More typically he would be bursting high above the hedgerow with a scratchy burst of song, before diving back into the shelter of the hedge. Almost as if he is saying 'hi look at me - here I am'.
a whitethroat bursting from the hedge the only sound
[...] “Suddenly he crosses to the tops of the hawthorn and immediately flings himself up into the air a yard or two, his wings and ruffled crest making a ragged outline; jerk, jerk, jerk, as if it were with the utmost difficulty he could keep even at that height. He scolds, and twitters, and chirps, and all at once sinks like a stone into the hedge and out of sight as a stone into a pond.”[...]
The Life of the Fields (1887) Richard Jefferies
Back home ...
indoors listening to the whitethroat again
The featured print of a Whitethroat is by Leo Paul Robert (1851-1923). Typical of his work - the birds pictured against a romanticised pastoral background.
A short biography can be found here: Biography
The recording by Michael John O Mahony is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.