You don’t see this every day …

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.


Female Speckled Warbler, Demo Track, 27th September 2015.


The nest, located on the ground between rocks.


Male Speckled Warbler above the nest.


The female perched above the nest site.


The chestnut eyebrow is a distinctive feature of the female.


Both adults were wary when approaching the nest area.


Another snap of the female for good measure.

9 responses to “You don’t see this every day …

  1. Gorgeous birds! And thanks for the connection to the other website to show the crimson eggs.

  2. Wow the colour of those eggs!

  3. What a marvellous little bird. What beautiful eggs. What a special encounter!

    Re further comments, I think Dad knew Graham Chapman.

    Ken H.

  4. Thank you for the link to Graham Chapman. The internet is such an enormous source of information,but I don’t often stumble upon a gem, like Graham Chapman’s Site, John James. Otways. Vic

  5. Thanks for the great photo’s Geoff, you just helped me identify a bird I photographed last week at Dunn’s swamp, Wollemi Nat park. The bird was there one second, gone the next.

  6. Fabulous photos as usual, what a treat. Thank you

  7. Hola from Estepona,Geoff…your posts never cease to amaze us, gratsi as!

  8. What is the evolutionary advantage for a flying bird to nest on the ground? I have wondered about this for plovers.

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