Mi­grant birds to watch for

Garden Answers (UK) - - Wildlife -

The end of sum­mer and au­tumn are the best times for spot­ting mi­grant birds in gardens. Pop­u­la­tions are now at their peak af­ter the breed­ing sea­son, and birds need to build up re­serves in readi­ness for their long flights ahead. For their brief au­tumn va­ca­tion, they’re all look­ing for a sunny, shel­tered wood­land glade with lots of bushes, berries and in­sects, which is the per­fect de­scrip­tion of many gardens! Here are some species to look out for...


As well as black­caps, the com­mon­est war­blers to visit gardens are chif­fchaffs and small, plain wil­low war­blers, which are olive above and yel­lowy be­neath. There’s also a chance of whitethroats and gar­den war­blers.


Spot­ted flycatchers used to be fa­mil­iar breed­ing birds in gardens, but are sadly in de­cline. Sit­ting on bare twigs high on the out­side of a tree, they dart out to catch flies, then re­turn to their van­tage point.


Hav­ing bred in western and north­ern oak­woods, this robin­shaped bird with a flick­er­ing red tail and buffy chest vis­its trees and bushes in some larger gardens, where it dashes to the ground to catch creepy-crawlies.

Black­cap Chif­fchaff Wil­low war­bler Spot­ted fly­catcher Redstart

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