One of the first such birds to arrive is the chiffchaff
, a small warbler with a distinctive tailwagging movement, is distinguished by its song that resembles its name.
We don't know quite why ospreys are early this year, as other migrants such as chiffchaff
aren't showing the same pattern, but March is certainly earlier that we have come to expect.
Catkins are ideal for chiffchaff
, while honeysuckle is a great climber for birds, offering berries and cover for them to roost.
It's the Iberian chiffchaff
, for sure--the first one we've netted this year
A possible Thrush Nightingale behind Bangor High Street was not relocated, but a Siberian Chiffchaff
on Bardsey showed well, joining three Richard's Pipits and a Yellow-browed Warbler on this week's list.
The bridleway to the main reserve turned out to be much drier than I had expected, and as we walked down, dunnock, chiffchaff
and blackcap joined the chorus, which was reaching its crescendo.
LINDISFARNE, Northumberland: Sand martins, some of which stay to breed, are followed by wheatears and whinchats, chiffchaff
and willow warbler.
But the bitterly cold weather was welcomed by one little fella - a rare Siberian chiffchaff
was spotted in London yesterday, 3,000 miles from its usual habitat.
The Breeding Bird Survey, first carried out in 1994, has charted the rise and fall of many popular species and shows that as well as goldfinches, the nuthatch, chiffchaff
and blackcap have also done well.
True, we damn near broke our neck craning out of the office window to confirm the sighting, but lo, there was the crimson-breasted chiffchaff
in all her glory.
Reports of an Iberian chiffchaff
in the Birch Green area of Skelmersdale have drawn a steady stream of admirers to a copse beside Ferndale, where the warbler has been singing since Tuesday.