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How far North do nightingales come? We heard what sounded like its birdsong in Northumberland.

Sent in by Lynne Russell from Warkworth, Northumberland

Nightingales are African migrants, they reach the UK in April from Europe so tend to arrive in the South Eastern part of the UK with their main breeding territory focusing on Kent, Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. They do also breed in Lincolnshire and this is generally as far North in England as you would find them. 

However, as with all migrant birds they can turn up anywhere and over the past few years we have had reports of them being seen in Cleveland, Durham and even Argyll so one turning up in Northumberland is not that unlikely! 

Don’t forget that other quite tuneful birds are also found to be singing at night during the Spring, these include Blackbirds, Robins and Song Thrushes so it is often that these get confused for Nightingales.

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