Move over cuckoos. In this era of global warming the chiffchaff has become the harbinger of spring.
The first sightings of chiffchaffs in Britain this year were reported yesterday prompting bird watchers to proclaim that spring has started.
It joined a wealth of indicators that spring has well and truly arrived, including frogspawn in northern Scotland, butterflies by the score and flowers everywhere.
This time last year the country was still in the grip of snow and Arctic winds.
Yesterday Gravesend in Kent recorded 18C (64F), the highest temperature of the year so far — whereas in 2006 it was late April before similar warmth was felt.
Tags: Birds, Climate Change, Global Warming