The Marvel of Bird Migration

Wildlife and Words

It may still feel like summer, and look like summer, but with the advent of September it is now officially autumn and we can look forward to the usual sights and smells of turning leaves and misty mornings. But for birds it has been ‘autumn’ since at least July; as those that were quick to breed (such as Swifts and Cuckoos) have no reason to stay and those that, alas, failed to breed this year head back to their wintering grounds in the south. Waders from the far north are usually the first to head back south – sometimes as early as late June, livening up the birding scene in the UK as they pit-stop along the way.

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