Rattler

I normally associate the dry rattling of a Lesser Whitethroat with the type of hot, sunny, still days we’ve been experiencing for the last fortnight.
The appearance of one near the office in the dark, wet conditions of the welcome rains today was certainly no problem though – I love listening to these things singing away from dense cover.
Today’s bird had the decency to clamber up to the top of a birch sapling to get its rattle on in the rain before slipping back out of sight in the scrub – marvellous.

Dark, wet and distant, hence the worse than normal images of the bird, but if you think they’re bad, wait till you see my video clip of it on You Tube here, free with added shake.
Stock Dove out there again with all the other usuals – Gropper, Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Stonechat, Skylarks, Mipits etc.
Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs joined the chorus around Sands Lake, where a Grey Wagtail added a splash of colour and the super-weird Bogbean was in flower again.

Completing my delivery round later, Southport’s Marine Lake appeared to have swarms of hirundines hunting low to the water just behind the sluice, to the south of West Lancs Yacht Club.