Out of Africa

Sussex Life|June 2020

Out of Africa
The song of two migrant warblers transports our man to his days as a young naturalist
Michael Blencowe

It’s amazing how a song can transport you somewhere else. I can’t hear Africa by American soft-rockers Toto without drifting back 35 years to a school disco in Plymouth. Right now I’m sat by a Sussex reedbed listening to two songs simultaneously pouring from deep in the reeds. These songs also take me back to my childhood and Saturday mornings spent birdwatching beside similar reedbeds in South Devon.


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June 2020