Birdwatch: beguiling song of the serin

Birdwatch: beguiling song of the serin
 

Under a fiercely blue sky, the sun shines down on groves of oranges and almond blossom. I am in the mountain village of Sella, in Spain’s Alicante province, enjoying a sneak preview of spring – a month or more before it arrives in Britain.
The migrant birds are not yet back, but half a dozen different butterflies are on the wing and birdsong fills the air. The scratchy sound of Sardinian warblers, the metallic song of the black redstart, and, from every little bush and tree, the liquid tinkling of serins.
A cousin of the canaries trapped in their cages nearby, the serin is Europe’s smallest... read more

 
13 March 2018 in World News, Views: 46
Source: Guardian
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