Early Arrival of Birds


MR. PRIDEAUX, in the last issue of NATURE, having recorded the unusually early arrival of the summer migrants in Surrey, it may perhaps be permissible to state the date of arrival here. The cuckoo, uttering its festive note, flew into a tree in my garden on March 25, attracting the attention of the whole household, and has been heard at intervals in the neighbourhood of Worcester ever since. The swallow and martin were here on the 4th inst., the willow warbler and the white-throat on the 7th, and the red-start on the 16th. Notification was remarkably early this season. In my garden the long thrush, blackbird, and robin hatched out by March 30, and the missal thrush in an orchard close by was, as usual, earlier in its family arrangements. I heard the swift on the 26th inst. The spring flora was also early: lilac, hawthorn, bluebell, cowslip, primrose, wood anemone, spotted orchis, and orchis morio were in blossom on the 20th inst.; the sweet violet gone, and the dog violet blooming profusely in its place.

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