Walks of the UK where you can hear these 7 rare bird calls - petsitterbank

Walks of the UK where you can hear these 7 rare bird calls

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Spring is in full bloom and many people want to be getting out and about to make the most of the warm weather.

And avid bird spotters, or twitchers, might be looking to catch a glimpse of some rare native UK birds and hear their calls and songs.

Hearing aid dispenser ReSound have compiled a list of rare birds in the UK and where to hear their unique warbles, so you can spend your summers getting out into nature.

Nightingale

Nightingales are a spring migrant

The famous Nightingale is a spring migrant often found hidden in areas with lots of woodland, bushes and vegetation and is most commonly heard singing at night but can also be heard in the day. Nightingales have a high-pitched, lilting song and have a rich repertoire able to produce over 1000 different sounds.

Where to hear them: Nightingales are most likely to be found in the South East of the UK in areas like Essex, Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk, Sussex and Lincolnshire.

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatchers are woodland birds

The Spotted Flycatcher (or not so spotted) is a woodland bird known for its impressive insect-catching skills and the rare bird with its squeaky song is best glimpsed in the late spring. Its thin, scratchy warble sounds almost like a creaky door or wheelbarrow and is often overlooked or unheard due to its quiet volume.

Where to hear them: The slowly diminishing species is often hard to spot, but those looking to take on the challenge should be headed to the areas of Devon, Kent and Scotland.

The Woodlark

Woodlarks have a beautiful birdsong

The Woodlark might not be much to look at, but its beautiful birdsong is one that twitchers around the globe long to hear. Woodlarks can usually be found singing high up in the trees, where they’ll often be heard before seen, with their distinct lullu-ing that rises and falls in pitch and volume.

Where to hear them: Nesting on the ground in Southern Heathlands like the New Forest, Surrey/Berkshire heaths, Breckland and Suffolk heaths.

The Curlew

The Curlew can be heard in grassland and moorlands

The Curlew’s recognizable display call ‘cur-lee’ is most likely to be heard in areas of wet grassland and moorlands. Bird watchers looking to discover the Curlew and hear Its unmistakable and thrilling call are best looking to search for the bird between the months of February and July.

Where to hear them: Curlews can be found across Northern England, Wales and Scotland in areas of wet grassland and moorland.

The Nightjar

A Nightjar has a unique sound

The Nightjar has one of the most unique sounds that isn’t beautiful, but is extremely intriguing due to its intensity and ability to remain unbroken for many minutes. The mechanical tune rises and falls as the bird turns its head and is most likely to be heard on a summer’s evening.

Where to hear them: Those looking to hear the Nightjar’s unusual song should head towards Southern England, where it can be found at Quantock Hills in Somerset, New Forest, Dorset and Surrey heathlands and Thetford Forest in Suffolk.

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owls emerge at night

Hidden by day pressed tightly against a tree trunk in a woodland, the Tawny Owl emerges at night and delivers its contact call of ‘twit’ and ‘twoo’.Bird seekers looking to see the Tawny Owl and hear its song should aim to look for it from the months of August through to December (also known as shooting season).

Where to hear them: Whilst tawny owls can be found throughout multiple destinations in the UK, they are extremely difficult to see within the day, so those looking to hear their call will have to venture out in the evening.

puffin

Puffins are a beautiful sea bird

Last on the list is the Puffin, a beautiful sea bird that lets out a unique purring, growling call from its underground burrow. The unique birds are now on the red list for endangerment, making them an even more desired bird for twitchers to tick off their list.

Where to hear them: Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire, British sea cliffs north of Scarborough, Pembrokeshire coast, Farne Islands, and along the North Cornish coast.

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