Clearly the bizarre noises were coming from an adult Corncrake rather than from a practical joke, but the unusual squeaking cries are unlike anything we've heard from Scottish breeders or on recordings. BWP makes no mention of these calls either. Why this bird, rare in Wales, has arrived in late July (when most pairs have already fledged young) and begun to sing through the night is a mystery. Having ringed the bird it was returned to the hay field below the Obs from where it preceded to interrupt the sleep of several guests for the remainder of the night. The bird is still singing as we type! (c) Giselle Eagle
Elsewhere on the island a Redstart remains, over 30 Willow Warbler were logged and single figure counts of Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Grasshopper Warbler were noted.