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Spring migrants

This week the BTO published a graph demonstrating the extreme, core and median arrival times for the common spring migrants.

BTO spring migrant arrivals 640

In comparison the first migrant we saw was the sand martin on March 31 followed by chiffchaff, blackcap and swallow on 3 April and house martin and garden warbler on 10 April. Our chiffchaff was therefore slightly late, the sand martin pretty much bang on and the swallow and house martin and garden warbler on the early side.

We do get winchat, whitethroat and swifts but may see the first two some time after they arrive as numbers are relatively small and the moorland is not. I don't think I've ever seen redstart or turtle doves round here so that would be good if they would put in an appearance.