Although most migrant bird species have arrived by now, the Garden Warblers, Swifts and Spotted Flycatchers are usually the last to arrive. Goldfinches will start nest building this month. Meanwhile, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes are in full song.
As the first newly-fledged birds appear in our gardens, it is tempting to want to help these apparently abandoned and helpless looking birds, but their parents are often not too far away. Unless the bird is in danger from cats or cars, or you're certain it is an orphan, leave it alone. Find out more.
International Dawn Chorus Day, 5th May 2019, is a worldwide event that celebrates bird song, but the whole of May is a great time to listen to the chorus. Join in by getting up early and listen to the birds in your garden or go to a local event. Find out more.