Posted by: Ross Gardner | March 26, 2015

The song remains the same

Busy, busy, busy……another long gap between posts.  Partly because I am continuing my work on the education team at Wat Tyler County Park in earnest ahead of the spring and summer season.  The work is good fun and requires me to be in a place where I am still able to enjoy the seasonal change; despite sometimes considerable visitor pressure and not always the most conscientious of dog walkers, the scrub, grasslands and wetland habitats hold an impressive wealth of wildlife.

This seasonal flux I mentioned a couple of posts back, in reference to the wading birds along the coast.  With the sonorous chiming of the Chiffchaff’s eponymous, two-note call from among the thorn thickets, it is hard to resist making mention of again.  I’ve not managed to set eyes on the bird yet this spring, but the sound more than suffices.  With more and more birds toughing out the British winter these days we can’t be a 100% sure that those we are hearing again in early spring are sounding an arrival from African wintering grounds, although given that the population leaps from maybe a thousand individual birds to more than a million breeding territories, it is likely that they are.  Either way, the song is rarely ever heard until late March and is as much a sound of the season as ever.

The spring weather may stutter, but the song remains the same.

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita).  Ross Gardner 2014.

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita). Ross Gardner 2014.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: