Our chiffchaffs will already have started the long journey back to their breeding sites in the reserve.

They have overwintered in the warmth of southern Europe or northern and western 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 early March; their song (chiff-chaff, chiff-chaff) is one of the first signs of spring.

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    1. The RSPB says that chiffchaffs are beginning to overwinter in the UK but we haven’t heard them in the reserve yet during the winter months. It would be nice if a few stayed.

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