Friday, 13 April 2012

The summer visitors are arriving, the winter visitors are leaving

Spring is here and some of the birds that have spent this winter with us such as the Song Thrushes, Lapwing or Skylarks, have left for northern latitudes to breed. On the other hand we now get the arrival of the numerous species that come to breed in our islands having wintered in the African continent.
  The first Nightingales, Purple Herons, Quail, Cuckoos and Woodchat Shrikes arriving to breed here have already been seen, and others that use our islands as a stopover to catch their breath on their way to their breeding grounds, such as the Pied Flycatcher, Short-toed Eagle or Common Redstarts can also be seen in our countryside. It's time to grab the binoculars and go outside to see what we can discover.
Looking to the sky we can find Swallows, Swifts, and birds of prey, and searching around our gardens discover Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, and maybe even Icterine Warblers.....
What are you waiting for? Look out your window occasionally and let us know what you see.