pirayaguara's picture

Who's singing?

I thought it might be interesting to record which birds are starting to sing as the year progresses - as New Years Day was a write off I've started on the second of Jan

Jan 2 - Robin, wren, dunnock, great tit, song thrush, wood pigeon

Jan 10 - Greenfinch, coal tit

Jan 11 - Goldcrest

Jan 12 - Blackbird

Perhaps others would like to add their own observations?



browntrumpet's picture


Heard a Blackbird singing loudly from a rooftop in early December!
Not sure why it was singing so loudly at this time of year, perhaps a new bird taking over a territory?
Also Mistle and Song Thrush very loudly from mid December

bobthebirder's picture

bird song

Also Cetti's warblers, feral pigeons and collared doves which sing pretty much all year anyway. Blue tits have also been singing around here (Dorset) since well before Christmas. I would suggest this is a fairly standard list for any mild period in mid-winter.

Bob Ford

bobthebirder's picture

bird song

I forgot skylark, which were singing well last week on Portland.

Bob Ford

Refugee's picture

House sparrow

Here in the east midlands i have seen house sparrows forming twittering clusters while they sort out there nesting sites. Far fewer last year due ti 2 foot of snow so bad that we had a crack in a stone water butt surround.


pirayaguara's picture

Greater spooted woodpecker

Greater spooted woodpecker dumming at 0830 this morning

Simon Walker's picture

March 21 - my first Chiffchaff

First one heard calling, though I've saw one on 11 February, presumably one that over-wintered.

pirayaguara's picture

They are singing en masse

They are singing en masse here as the migrants arrive and join in with the over winterers

j.tweedie's picture

I've just seen and heard my

I've just seen and heard my first of the year, although it's not the earliest I've seen them - that was April 2 in 2010. Also saw five Sand Martins this morning, these were my first sightings this year too.

Also heard (but didn't see) a Blackcap.

Hopefully the Willow Warblers will be here soon - it was 9 April when I saw my earliest last year.

pirayaguara's picture

There was a big fall of

There was a big fall of Willow Warbler round here a week ago