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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.

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