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Bird life in March

Wednesday, 6th March 2019

March usually brings the start of the naturalist’s year. There can be days when the skies are still heavy and dull but other days when the sun comes out and birds burst into song. It’s a great sign of things to come.
Around mid-month you may see the lovely male Lapwings start their aerial tumbling display. This familiar plover can usually be seen on farmland, low moorland and on the edges of large lakes searching for worms and insects. Unfortunately, due to serious declines, it is now a Red List species.

Lapwing

This is the time of year when Greenfinches will start to sing. This beautiful finch is a truly colourful bird with its flash of yellow and green as it flies. It is a regular garden visitor and will come to a bird table for seed, especially black sunflower. It is common all over Britain and can be seen in parks and gardens. Listen out for its song which is very canary-like.


 
Chaffinches are surprisingly one of the commonest birds in the UK and can be seen in just about every habitat we have. The end of the month is when it will start to build its nest of moss, interwoven with grass and roots and lined with hair and feathers. You may catch a glimpse of it as it forages on the ground searching for spiders, insects, and fruit. Quite tame, it will also visit your bird table for a wide variety of seeds and suet. 

Chaffinch
 
It is not until the end of the month when we can look forward to the return of the first of the summer migrants like Wheatears and Chiffchaffs.
 
The March sunshine certainly does bring a change in bird activity. And although weather wise it can be an inconsistent month, there is a promise of spring days to come.

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