This Nightingale was recorded a few days ago, near the railway line just north of Middle Farm (thanks to Roz South). Is there a more wonderful sound?
Recent research has suggested that it’s only unpaired males that continue to sing in the darkest hours of the night. Those that have paired off concentrate their efforts in daylight hours, particularly dawn and dusk like most other songbirds.
It’s thought that the Nightingales declined by 57% in the UK between 1995 and 2009. The British Trust for Ornithology is running a full survey of the UK’s Nightingales this spring. If you have one singing near you, log it with the BTO.