It’s been years since I came across a Speckled Warbler nest. These ground-dwelling, woodland specialists seem to be ‘doing OK’ around Newstead, but to find a pair breeding will most likely go down as the Spring highlight.
The nest site has been cunningly located, in typical Speckled Warbler style, between rocks on an east facing ridge. The nest itself is a ball of woven grass, with a small entrance at ground level. The female visited on a number of occasions as I watched on from a discreet distance. The male often accompanied the female, but didn’t actually enter the nest at any stage. Apparently only the female incubates. Inside I suspect there are two or three eggs, deep crimson in colour – click here to see what they might look like.