He can’t be seen in the video as he’s well hidden, but this is the sound of the first nightingale I’ve heard this spring.
He’s just arrived at this nesting site in a thicket after migrating all the way from West Africa to Glapthorn Cow Pasture in Northamptonshire UK.
Every year the the nightingales arrive around the 18th of April, even though this year spring is about a month late.
I seem to have heard a new and different African arrival for the first time on each successive day during the last week, though no cuckoo yet. What an extraordinary spring!