WILLOW WARBLERS RETURN

Willow Warbler singing in East Lancs

WILLOW WARBLER IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST RETURNING TRANS-SAHARAN MIGRANTS, with most arriving in the first week of April. They have poured back into East Lancs this week and are busy establishing territories. I stopped off at a regular site for them today to find four males singing in an area of young conifers. Eventually the trees will grow too tall, becoming unsuitable for the warblers and they will have to find somewhere else. Sadly they are declining across the UK but appear still to be very common in East Lancs.

ELOC year list: 100. Little Owl 101. Gadwall 102. Willow Warbler