Our days and evenings are still filled with the repetitive ‘crek, crek’ of the male corncrake. We have three that call on the headland on either side of the cottage – at this time of year seeking a second, or possibly a third, mate. They’ll have just enough time to have a brood before they start their long journey to south-east Africa. Corncrake undertake some of the longest migrations known amonst birds – sometimes getting lost and turning up in places as far-flung as Vietnam, New Zeland and North America.


Calling Again