Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Nightingale. A group of birds belonging to the genus Daulius inhabiting Europe, Asia, and North Africa. One of these is a summer visitant to the southern and eastern counties of England, arriving about the middle of April. It occurs rarely as far north as Mid-Yorkshire. The plumage of this delightful songster is of a somber hue, being on the upper surface of a reddish brown, redder on the head and rump; the tail a lighter tint; the throat, lower part of the breast, and abdomen, grayish brown. The favorite haunts of this bird are copses and hedge-rows, and its food consists of insects of various descriptions. The nest, which is either on the ground or a low bush, is composed of dry leaves, lined with grass, roots, and hair. The eggs are four or five in number, and of a uniform olive brown, tinged with grayish blue.
“It is most profitable, it is blessed, to be always looking beyond second causes in all our trials and distresses, and to discern the Lord's hand, in infinite love and wisdom, appointing all. For this brings the soul into a state of resignation and tranquility at least, if not of holy Joy.”
–Robert Hawker, Poor Man’s Commentary, Psalm 17