(Common) Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) Rouxinol-comum

Arriving in early April, the Nightingale thrills us with its clear song for most of the next two months. I have noticed a fall in numbers during the last twenty years, but we still have a couple of pairs in the Quinta's garden and they are a common species to see wherever one travels throughout southern Portugal right the way through the summer months up until late September when they migrate south again.

A light brown back with a russet brown tail is quite often all one sees as they are wary and sing from thick undergrowth, but with the numbers we have here one can, with a little patience, find one and obtain good views. Occasionally we have complaints from non-birding guests concerning that "bloody bird" that kept them awake all last night, but when we explain what the "bloody bird" is it's normally the start of a small conversion.

On the other hand, I personally sometimes regard them as less than my friends as their song drowns out the more subtle tones of the different species I am trying to find for other guests ... However, if you'd like to see one of my videos of them singing in our garden then just click on this link.

Birding in Portugal

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