January 30, 2012

Give us a song

Nearly February, and although spring feels very far away, the birds know better and are starting to sing. Click here to hear the calls and songs of 13 common garden birds.

In Sir Edward Grey's wonderful 1927 book 'The Charm of Birds', he notes that February 5 is the date on which he usually expects to hear the first chaffinch of the year, and that, later in the month, one may find the first blackbird singing, the start of their brief but wonderful four-month stint.

Until then, we must make do with robins, great tits, blue tits, coal tits and wrens for company.