At Lackford Lakes, we see signs of spring during February with many of our resident birds like song thrush and robin singing away to attract a mate and establish a territory to breed. Towards the end of February, we see the first oystercatchers and first great crested grebes on our lakes as they return here to breed at Lackford Lakes.
Moving into March, the pace of spring picks up. More of our resident birds can be heard singing with greenfinch, dunnock, blue tit and great tit joining in. Then on Sunday 8th March, the first chiffchaff was heard singing by the trails. Interesting these birds tend to start appearing around the same time every year. Almost immediately after completing their migration from Africa, they start singing to attract a mate. Within days, the distinctive chiff-chaff call could be heard from all corners of the reserve as more and more of them arrive each day. During the same week (from the 10th March onwards), we had some early sand martins moving through making the second bird species to check in on migration. Next to check in on Wednesday 25th March, was a couple of blackcaps. These seem to have arrived a little earlier than normal and this was probably down to the favourable southerly winds during the middle of the month