Where & when to see them
- A summer visitor from Africa, the whitethroat can be seen from April to October. Found all over the UK except the Highlands of central Scotland.
- Look to open countryside with lots of thorny scrub and thickets, bushes and hedges.
Another new family to star on our webcams is the whitethroat. Their nest is balanced precariously amongst the brambles at Pensthorpe.
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This pretty little warbler is a summer visitor to our country, the whitethroat as suggested by the name has a white throat with a grey head and brown/orange back. Watch out for the flicking long tail as the whitethroat scurries about.
Found amongst thick brambles and thorny scrub the whitethroat will be often be seen perched on a branch or in flight singing its scratchy warbling song. The nest is a neat cup of twigs from which it forages for insects and berries to eat.
The white throat was once the commonest warbler in Britain, alas, droughts in sub Saharan Africa during the late 1960s and early 1970s caused a severe decline in numbers. Happily numbers are starting to recover.
How to help
Occasionally whitethroats will visit a garden to nest in bramble and nettle patches or to feed from fruit bushes.
How about joining your local RSPB group to find out more about, and help with the conservation of, the whitethroat. You can also help the BTO record bird migration and distribution throughout the UK with BirdTrack.
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