The song remains the same

It’s a funny old world when the tilting basic greatest hit (!) of a Chiffchaff starts to make a welcome change from the wall to wall Whitethroat/Willow Warbler dune soundtrack, but there you go.
In some years there are more Chiffies singing in the dunes, pushing up from the south, well past the historically agreed Ince Blundell Woods Willow/Chiff demarcation border (north of here Willow Warblers used to always outnumber the southern Chiffies until just a few years ago).

In 2018 the stubby-winged summering Chiffies almost outnumbered Willow Warblers in the dunes.
Not this year – there are Willow Warblers everywhere, and what was once a fresh and eagerly sought out song just a few weeks back is now a constant (albeit nice) overly familiar loop.
Whitethroats are beginning to sound annoying too – a sure sign the season is creeping on.
It was my own fault for getting into the dunes for my Ainsdale site visit late today – the place always starts to quieten down after 9am, but there were still two, possibly three Lesser Whitethroats singing at 10am.
I reckon one bird was the individual we’d watched rattling away by the office on Thursday morning.

One about a quarter of a mile from here this morning felt “new”, and although distant it sat out in the sun for awhile, its undercrackers bleached a shocking white in the glare.
A Cuckoo slipped quietly south through the hot air, with just a single Mipit in pursuit – the female I’d seen a few days ago perhaps?
The butterfly dynamic is rapidly changing as well – a few days back Wall Browns were the most abundant on the wing, now a big emergence of Common Blues, like elevated and energised Heath Dog Violets, have superceded them and Small Heaths are out too.
Along with many other birders I have my fingers crossed that the cold front sweeping down tonight and tomorrow may bring a few new birds in – spring has plenty more cards to play before it hands over to summer yet.
As ever, thanks for all the comments and support, keep letting me know what you’re seeing too…

9 thoughts on “The song remains the same

  1. Willow Warbler, Chiffie, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Garden Warbler sighted around Gorse Hill Nature Reserve. Buzzard, Sprawk, and Kestrel amongst the usual suspects. I think it’s time to put on some Led Zeppelin and count the Swift’s.

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  2. At last the local Yellowhammers have put in an appearance, looking stunning and sounding great, if a tad monotonous. Sedge Warbler still audible from the nearby drainage ditch, and “our” Swallows have begun investigating last year’s nest site. Nothing too unusual but not a bad reason for joining in the LZ fest; the third album I think 🤔🤔

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  3. Thanks for letting us know whats out and about John. I’m lucky to be out at work ‘on the front line’ 5 days a week and really look forward to your blog – and all the comments too. Best bit of my day is an early start and a pause to listen to the dawn chorus before heading off to work. Keep safe

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  4. Hi john not a good post but thought it might be important. A Friend of mine lives in Hightown and sent me a gruesome pic of a freshly killed lamb on the beach area , only its body was eaten ( sorry everyone) .Could it be from Cabin Hill area and would it be a fox thats done it .

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    • Possible I suppose, but Natural England don’t tend to have lambs on site, could have washed up from anywhere though, tides were high last week… Thanks for the info.


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