It is always a sign of summer coming when the Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) start setting up their territories and making the normally quiet reed banks come alive with their noisy, grating song.
While they will sing at any time of day, the dawn chorus is very special. At Oe reclaimed land area there are dozens of pairs and they create quite a ruckus especially when other birds such as Zitting Cisticola (I always preferred “Fantail Warbler” myself as the common name for Cisticola juncidis), Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps) and Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis).
This morning’s dawn was lovely and the first rays of sunlight lit up the birds nicely before the fog closed in.
You can also enjoy a video of the song of the Oriental Reed Warbler below: