Monday, March 16, 2009

1st Migrant

Today, I heard the first spring migrant bird at Scrag, a chiffchaff. It has flown from its wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa to arrive at Scrag sometime Saturday night/Sunday morning. I heard no chiffchaffs on Saturday at Woods Mill reserve while I was working but heard one yesterday and have heard 3 more today so I feel I can safely estimate their arrival time. They have a very simple call, even irritating after a while, but it is certainly a notable day when I hear the first one of the year.
I also found the first slow worm at Scrag today under one
of the reptile refuges I put out. I thought I would find some reptile evidence especially as it got up to 15 degrees today.

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