Whitethroats are always a feature of summer on the south Gower cliffs. In May and June there is a often a soundtrack of the scratchy, rhythmic song and harsh calls of these attractive warblers. In spring and early summer they are often quite easy to see, singing from an exposed perch or in a brief, jerky songflight. They nest in scrub, quite often bramble. Once a pair is feeding young they forage relentlessly and often noisily, catching a variety of larvae, insects and spiders. I have been watching a pair nesting in Mewslade valley over the past 10 days or so. It has been interesting to see the variety of prey collected to take to the chicks. Some examples are shown below.
The chicks obviously responded well to their varied carnivorous diet, because they fledged yesterday (June 3). It was difficult to count them, but my best guess is there were five juveniles. One of them is shown below.