SUNSET: DuneUK's competition entry above and, right, Skewey's Common Whitethroat
THREAT There are worries for birds like the Common whitethroat
IN THE soft light of a spring evening a common whitethroat
sits in the middle of a thorny thicket, turning its face to the sun, relieved that the long migration from Africa is over for another year.
I've recently seen broods of reed buntings, wrens, blackbirds, common whitethroats
and reed warblers.
Balsby and Dabelsteen (2001) reported male Common Whitethroats
(Sylvia communis) responded more strongly to playback of longer songs than shorter songs, regardless of whether long songs were composed of a small repertoire of repeating elements or a larger repertoire with fewer repeats.
Lesser whitethroats seem abundant, but there's a shortage of common whitethroats
For example less experienced Common Whitethroats
(Sylvia communis) foraged primarily for woody nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) berries, a simple fruit, while older birds were able to forage for aggregate blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) (Boddy 1991).