What is the sound of Spring? Many people would agree that it is the melodic warble of the Willow Warbler. Now is an excellent time to see this species because they have just returned from their winter quarters in West Africa.
As the bracken is died back just now, this small bird with yellow underparts and a stripe over the eye, can be easily seen perched on small trees which it uses as a song post.
A good place to observe it is on the path between the White House and the Scout Camp where up to five birds were seen last week. Birds are also singing in Shipley Glen Woods but are more difficult to see.