High On A Hill Was A Lonely Bird Heard…

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely bird heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the Mamora’s throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

I was up at 03.30 yesterday morning for a trip up a lonely mountain, well save for the hundreds of twitchers, to look at the male Marmora’s Warbler that had been found near Blorenge, just outside Blaenavon. Now a trip to Blorenge is worth it just because it rhymes with orange… where else in the UK does that happen?

Trips into Wales are always fraught with danger, you have to go a bit araf on the roads in case the Heddlu get you. What I don’t get in South Wales though is why the fuck is everything bi-lingual? No fucker speaks Welsh down there and with good reason – you need a chest infection to pronounce anything.

Some people might say that Welsh is the language we all spoke originally – I say thank fuck for the Romans, the Angles, Saxons, Vikings, Normans! Offa had the right idea.

Seriously though Wales and the Welsh are fantastic people – don’t ever play Scrabble with them though, all those double d’s and ll’s

Arriving on site it was clear the bird was still there as he dashed into a bush with nesting material and scratched out his song. The bird did a wide circuit and in the three hours I was there never gave me a clear shot with the DSLR unlike this Tree Pipit.

Tree Pipit

Finally though. I did get some shonky digiscoped images of this subtle stunner.

Marmora's Warbler

I moved on to the Forest of Dean and finally found the Woorgreens Pool. The first dragonfly I saw was one of four Downy Emerald – all of which shot off into the tree-tops. Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly was also on the wing but gain I didn’t get a decent shot.

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Four-spotted Chaser


3 responses to “High On A Hill Was A Lonely Bird Heard…

  1. Sounds like you had a good session out there John….! Crackin little things marmora’s….etc…

    [Related to the marmora’s occurrence and other rares showing…or ‘apparently’ showing in blighty at the mo]….what do you reckon about the sudden spate of ‘eagle’ species that seem to be poppin up all over the shop at this present time…? Is it all bollox…?!
    Lesser s eagle/booted eagles etc….? I dunno…..!?

    Only mention this coz we were discussing the issue, re vagrant occurrences, down the boozer last night…

    ps…..’have a nice day’….beast…

  2. thedrunkbirder

    I reckon all these Eagle sightings are as a result of too many beers, wines or spirits being consumed during the good weather. In short – total bollocks!

  3. David Gray

    The Marmora’s was a great bird and possible the most picturesque twitching site were it was found!?

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