It's great listening to birdsong. Now is a good time to listen as you can learn the songs of residents before the summer migrants return and add to the soundscape. It's true that the songs of warblers like Blackcap and the Garden Warbler make wonderful additions later in the spring, but there is much to enjoy from the resident birds in March. Linnets are singing locally and you quickly realise why they are still caged as songbirds in some countries. Not that the description of the their song in the Collins Guide would help you understand: "a mixture of short, rattling syllables akin to call plus musical whistling notes..." hardly leads you to think the song might be special. Words rarely do justice in describing birdsong. Better simply to listen and enjoy!

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