In some melodious plot

Having had no luck in finding nightingales in my Booker square, I was pleased to see on the Bucks Bird blog that there had for many days been a nightingale singing near Bledlow, and the blog gave an idea of how to find him.

So on 12 May at about 5pm, I set off as instructed across the field of oilseed rape to the railway line, and then to the damp corner opposite the cricket pitch.  It was hardly a ‘melodious plot of beechen green’, but a rough, scrubby area, where the steam train chuffs between Chinnor and Princes Risborough.

When I was there, not only was the steam train passing to and fro but there was a cricket match.  Not, I thought, the best conditions for hearing a nightingale.

The nightingale’s patch

A song thrush was calling repetitively in a nightingale-like way, making me wonder if there’d been some mistake, but I should have had more faith in the Bucks Bird blog.  For after a while there was a sudden, loud burst of song which was clearly a nightingale.  He sang on and on; perhaps the thrush had heard him so often it was mimicking him.  Then the nightingale came out of the scrub and onto the bush and I had a wonderful sighting for many minutes.

The nightingale was singing on the bush in the middle distance.

When at last he stopped singing I crept away.  Shortly after the train came back again, covering the nightingale’s patch with steam.  But I guess he doesn’t mind.

The steam train passes the nightingale’s patch

This will go down as one of my most memorable bird experiences.  I have only once before heard a nightingale and was thrilled to find one so close to home in Bucks.  He may not be singing in my Booker square, but he’s certainly singing in Bledlow square.

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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