I stopped briefly, then listened more closely and with some patience it was clear that the reeling noise I was hearing definitely came from a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER in the moorland just the other side of the fence! It was difficult to pick out at first but occasionally the song became unmistakably clear. I couldn't resist the urge much longer and climbed over the fence before approaching closer. As I neared, I was thrilled when I suddenly set eyes on the warbler reeling away loudly only a couple meters away. The setting was certainly special with the light vanishing fast, the open moorland stretching all around and the deafening song of a very showy Gropper performing for me alone. A little further off, a second one began a short reel before being deafened once again by the one next to me.
the stunning song of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler
can't see the bird in this one but still an impressive yet typically long reel
moorland just east of Stithians Reservoir
Grasshopper Warbler showing brilliantly in very poor light
looking north along the east bank of Stithians Reservoir
dead Stoat, always sad roadkill