They’re on their way!

I like March, as it’s the start of spring migration and the first of the summer visitors will be arriving soon. Here’s the rough order some of the most common species will probably arrive in Sheffield, based on their arrival times in 2005 (as listed in Sheffield Bird Study Group‘s ‘Birds of the Sheffield Area 2005’ – buy a copy today if you haven’t already!).

Mid-March (10th-19th) – Sand Martin, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel

Late March (20th-31st) – Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, Willow Warbler (plus most Chiffchaffs, although they can be seen in small numbers all winter.)

Early April (1st-9th) – Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Redstart, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher (plus most Blackcaps, although they can be seen in small numbers all winter.)

Mid-April (10th-19th) – Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat

Late April (20th-30th) – Wood Warbler, Swift

Early May (1st-10th) – Spotted Flycatcher

As you can see, we have to wait until the first three weeks or so of April before things really kick off, but I’ll be keeping my eyes firmly open for the sand martins. Feel free to send me a message the first time you see any of these species around.


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3 thoughts on “They’re on their way!”

  1. For two years in succession my first migrant was a wheatear, seen on the same date at the same place:17th March at the top of Cave Dale, near Castleton.

  2. I ticked a Chiffchaff last Monday down here in Cambridgeshire, but as you say it was probably an overwintering bird – still, nice to hear it’s song as a harbinger of Spring!

    Given that the first migrants are already being recorded on the south coast, it shouldn’t be long before they start showing up here :-)

  3. There’s reports of sand martins pretty far up the country today, in Warwickshire and Staffordshire, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some turned up round my way soon, and definitely round yours, Azz.

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