Our chiffchaffs will already have started the long journey back to their breeding sites in the park. They have overwintered in the warmth of southern Europe or northern Africa and are making their way home in a leisurely way with lots of stops for fuel; the males are the frontrunners and they need to arrive fit enough to find and fight for a territory.

They will begin arriving in March; their song (chiff-chaff, chiff-chaff) is one of the first signs of spring.

Pictures by DKG

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  1. Not all chiffchaffs migrate and the numbers that over-winter here seem to be on the increase. You probably heard one of those that stayed, encouraged into song by a warm and sunny Friday.

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