WOODLAND SPRING SONG
The peak period of the ‘dawn chorus’ is not until late April into May (when most of our summer migrant songbirds have arrived back), but there is already plenty of singing in March woodland. The early spring can be a good time to listen, enjoy and learn from the songs of resident birds. By the end of the month, Chiffchaff and Blackcap will probably be singing in the woodland near you. But from late winter, the repetitive ‘teacher teacher’ singing of Great Tit dominates many woods. They are famously varied in their vocalisations, and now is the time to get used to the variations. Our thrushes, particularly the doleful Mistle Thrush but also the phrase-repeating Song Thrush, will have been singing since January and will now be joined by the fluty tones of the Blackbird. Every wood will have singing Robin, Wren, Chaffinch and Dunnock. Great Spotted Woodpeckers and perhaps Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers will be drumming: learn the difference in volume, rhythm and duration.